Speech Contest 2023 launched today!

Posted by Lowry Fenton
 
 
Youth Speech Contest March 9th, 2023
 
Theme:
Imagine Rotary - the future of a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
 
Imagine Rotary Info:
 
Rotary International President Jennifer Jones wants members to imagine the possibilities in the change they can make to transform the world.
 
Form to Apply:
Last day to submit applications February 17th, 2023
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speech Contest 2023 launched today! Lowry Fenton 2022-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Car Seat (& Booster Seat) Drive! Dec 10th & 11th

 
Do you have a car seat sitting in your shed or garage that is unused (and perhaps expired too) and you find it collecting dust year after year?!
Well Rotary has the solution! The Rotary District 5170 Area 7 Clubs (which are the clubs of Santa Cruz County) are doing a car seat drive next weekend (12/10 & 12/11)!
 
We are partnering with Baja Bridges to get the car seats down to---and distributed among---areas of Baja (Mulegé and Santa Rosalia during this drive) where the mortality rate of children in automobile accidents is high.
 
Local fire houses in Baja are rolling out safety programs educating about the importance of car seats and booster seats (similar education programs to those done in the US in the 1970's and 1980's). Now that there is interest, the next problem being experienced is there aren't car seats available for the fire personnel to give out. Fire personnel are asking for more car seats to be brought down for them to distribute among their communities. That's where we come in!
 
Attached is information with three of our drop off locations. (We are working to secure two more throughout the north part of the county, an update will be added as soon as we are confirmed!)
 
We cannot wait to see you and accept your cleaned/all parts included and working car seats next weekend, December 10th & 11th!
 
 
Rotary Car Seat (& Booster Seat) Drive! Dec 10th & 11th Kendra Cleary 2022-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

The Hub October 20th, 2022

 
 
 
Our October 20th lunch at Seascape had 27 attendees in person.

Pledge Follies. Seascape’s American flag also attended, so we did not have to salute a virtual flag. Co-President Laura Grinder virtually missed seeing the real flag but recovered and did a great job leading the meeting.
 
Attendance, Visiting Rotarians, and Guests. Al De Camara led us in the Welcome song on keyboard. Jimmy Kutch made it in person and is looking great! Likewise, nice to see Pam Goodman and Trish Glassey in person. Visiting Rotarians Anders Per and Constantin Gehriger again provided their European sophistication. Nelson Crandall claimed that his guest Barbara Meyer has been a friend of Nelson’s wife for 60 years; not so sure Nelson, they both look way too young for that. Michele Bassi brought her guest banking buddy Alicia Kretsch from Santa Cruz Community Credit Union. Your author remembers the days when bankers all looked like Milburn Drysdale (Beverly Hillbillies) pictured below.
 
 
Announcements:
  • The Capitola-Aptos Rotary Foundation board of directors meeting is set for next Thursday at 10:30. New directors will be elected.
  • District Governor Savita Vaidhyanathan will attend our Club board meeting at 11. Her focus project is to help end “period poverty” by increasing access to menstrual products in parts of the world where they are in short supply. The board meeting agenda will be light. It is protocol to stand in recognition of the district governor.
  • Membership Mondays have resumed thanks to Michele at Vino Cruz in Soquel at 5:30. The first one was 10/24- see Michele for a report.
  • Michele had the Willy (Elliot-McCrea) Roast sign up list, which Laura handed out—make sure you sign up if you haven’t already
  • Win Fernald advised that the deadline for community grant applications was that day.
  • Win also gave an update on former member Thomasjohn Wells Miller’s cancer condition; there is reason for cautious optimism.
  • Immediate Past President Ken Gorman reminded all that he is leading the next foray into the lesser- traveled trails of The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park on Sunday, October 30, at 10:30 am. Dress warmly/layered, wear shoes with good treads. 3.5 miles of trails, about 400-foot elevation gain/fall, should take about 2 hours. “Re-hydration” at Ken’s house afterwards. Rotary donations accepted/expected.
  • BTW, Ken has also been handing out tequila shots and kamikazes to adult trick or treaters for about 20 years. Vienna Woods is a great neighborhood for trick or treaters of all ages. So feel free to stop by and/or hang out at Ken’s house.
 
Detective. Nelson was the Detective.
  • Nelson first fined Doug Deaver and Karen Semingson in absentia to celebrate their anniversaries of joining our Club.
  • He then quizzed us on Zoom camera location, urged us not to walk out of the picture when speaking, and mentioned how we missed Co-president Kendra Cleary and her iPad, which normally provides a second camera.
  • Questioning then devolved to National Pumpkin Cheesecake Week. Unfortunately, no samples were provided. We learned that pumpkins are native to northern Mexico and southern USA, that they are fruit, and that they are fruit, and have been cultivated for around 8,000 years (give or take a millennium).
 
Guest Speaker. Vimmy Khatkar, an ER nurse at Kaiser Santa Clara, El Camino, and PAMF cardiology, spoke and presented a power point on Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which this year was celebrated on October 24.
 
How Diwali is Celebrated. The festival is one day, but celebrants start preparing a week or more in advance. The holiday is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs (Vimmy is Sikh), and Jains, but anyone can celebrate. The celebration includes cleaning sprees, lighting of lamps, new clothes, fireworks and bringing sweets to friends. Metaphysically, it is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil.
 
History. The Hindus began observing Diwali more than 1,000 years ago to celebrate the return of Rama after his imprisonment and to welcome the goddess, Lakshmi. Sikhs later updated the occasion to commemorate the release of Guru Hargobind sahib, the 6th profit of the Sikhs, from wrongful imprisonment by the Mughal emperor Jangahir in the early 1600s. Jangahir had tortured Hargobind’s father to death for not converting to Islam, and imprisoned his son and successor, Hargobind. After a few years, the emperor allowed the guru to leave with as many prisoners as could hold his robe. Hargobind sahib had 50 strings on his robe and led 50 prisoners to freedom.
 
Treats. Vimmy brought chai tea and delicious sweets - it doesn’t appear that Seascape charged a corkage fee.
 
About Vimmy. Vimmy’s family emigrated from Punjab to Modesto where her parents still live. She is multicultural and tri-lingual (speaks 3 languages). A person who speaks 2 languages is bi-lingual. A person who only speaks one language is … American.
 
Click here to view Vimmy’s PowerPoint presentation.
 
Raffle. Bill Gray  won the raffle!
 
 
See everyone tomorrow Thursday!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Hub October 20th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub October 13th, 2022

 
 
Our  October 13 lunch was attended by 28 in person attendees plus Mardi Padilla and Jimmy Kutch.
CPOM Laura Grinder ran the meeting with pizzaz and efficiency.
 
Strings and Keys:
Sam and Al de Camara rocked the Welcome Song and the 4 Way Test song; good to have the band back together.
Al brought his smaller keyboard, but size doesn't matter as much as performance and Al's piano sounded way better than the Seascape upright, which is still in absentia (with the flag).  It is also free.

Guest and Visitors:
Laura brought her long time friend Mary Bevernick as a first time guest.

Perennial visiting Rotarian Anders Pers is in town for a while to escape the Swedish winters. And it is nice to have Bill Gray back from his yacht club-living in Washington.

Honorary member Yvette Brooks also made it in person, adding to the ambiance.

Sue Lawson’s friend and our RYE alumni Celine Jolly honored us again with her presence, all the way from France; she still likes us enough to spend time here!

Also nice to see Eric Costello in person, setting the fashion trend with his suit and tie.

Reports from the Field:
Red Badger Lori Teller reported that there were 1500 people at the RYLA Fall Leadership Conference in San Jose. Lori attended to fulfill one of her badge requirements. Youth Services Chair Trish Glassey encouraged those with an in at Aptos High School to press for a new teacher advisor for their Interact Club. We are competing with many service clubs there already.
 
Our Hero!
Dr. Art Dover will receive the Aptos Chamber of Commerce Community Hero Award, at a dinner and auction at Seascape Resort on November 4th (not the golf club where we meet).  Standing ovation for a well-deserved award, Dr. Art.  You can sign up with Doug Deaver who is handling the reservations, so far we have about 20 Rotarians attending.  Tickets are $85, pay Julie so we can cut one check as a Club. Do not RSVP through the Chamber Form as you won't be sitting with the other Rotarians, unless you don't want to be associated with our two tables in which case RSVP to the Chamber!! 
 
Community Service Opportunities:
Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers for upcoming food distributions at the County Fairgrounds, October 24th, November 7th, November 21st, December 5th, December 24th. Let’s support the beneficiary of our annual fundraiser! To sign up click here 
 
 
Save the Dates:
The Club is planning a field trip to Loaves and Fishes on Tuesday morning November 15. Our members are encouraged to volunteer at Loaves and fishes Tuesday November 15th,  we will be working in the pantry 9 to 12, then serving lunch.
 
Sam and Karla Nigh are hosting a Christmas party at their house in Soquel on December 4th at 4pm, details to follow.
 
District 5170 Official Protocols: DG Savita Visit is confirmed for Thursday, October 27th. Please RSVP to Kendra, via email or the Google Form Link ASAP as we expect more than our usual attendance so need to ensure there's enough tables and food for everyone coming!


The Community Grants award luncheon to be held by our club is December 8th at Seascape golf course big room. Deadline to apply for one of our Community Grants is fast approaching, Thursday 10/20 is the deadline. Application is available on our website on the "Community Grants" tab, then email the completed PDF application to caprotary@gmail.com 
 
Guatemala Water Project:
There were flyers on the table for the Rotary 5170 district-sponsored Guatemala water project we have contributed to in the past. This next part of the project is adding fresh water to upper floors of the hospital.  The introduction of clean water has resulted in a complete elimination of infant deaths from the formerly-contaminated water. 

Detective:
Apologies to Trish whose name was omitted as the prior week's last-minute fill-in detective.

This week' s Detective was Rich Hamlin, who ironically was inspired to educate/quiz us on shampoo.

$20 fine to Al for quipping that Rich "is Head and Shoulders above everyone else."

Worse-there's a horrible pun somewhere in there about the follicles of educating people about hair care ($25 fine).

We learned about the colonial lexicology of the word, that its main ingredients include a surfactant, that dander is caused by a fungus (blech). Rich atoned for any transgressions with his loot bag of shampoos.

Guest Speaker Amy Red Feather and Furry Friend:
Our guest Speaker was Amy Red Feather  from Native Animal Rescue.
 
Amy is a wildlife tech and neonatal and bunny expert, but cares for all the animals that come into the facility. Amy referred us to the website and focused her discussion on things not on the website.

One of the programs Amy spoke about was having ambassador animals visit with kids. A recent addition to the ambassador animal core - and fast-favorite - is a long tailed weasel.

Native Animal Rescue’s goals are to rescue, rehabilitate, and release. They accept animals that people decide they cannot keep as pets- without question and without repercussion. They accept any animals except mountain lions (too dangerous) and marine mammals, which are helped by the Marine Mammal Center.

The most common advice Native Animal Rescue gives to people contacting them about an animal they found or one they need to get rid of is to put it in a box and deliver it to the center. Do not try to feed a found animal.

Native Animal Rescue has a wildlife hotline open 8am- dark that gets calls from all over the USA and sometimes other countries. It forwards to Amy cell phone after hours, which she keeps on until bedtime.

Amy commented on the local bird flu influx. She cautioned to be especially wary of waterfowl acting oddly.

Amy also commented on the Increase in raptors locally because of habitat shift from fires and rodenticides. She attributed increased sightings of wildlife in urban areas more to the drought than wildfires.

Nelson Crandall volunteered that he delivered frozen trapped rats to the center. Yum. Actually, Amy said that frozen rats are very helpful. More appetizing- she encouraged people to drop off apples.

There was a discussion about rabies and distemper. Dr. Art said he recently treated people for rabies from raccoon bites. Amy said that there is a prevalence of distemper in raccoons. Unlike rabies, which is contagious and deadly to humans, distemper is not contagious to humans. However, it is highly transmissible to dogs and deadly to them.

Lori said she has squirrel problem. Al noted that the club has a lawyer infestation.

Perhaps the highlight of the day was Amy’s guest, Ambassador Possum Frankie. Frankie was a pet, relinquished by a family, who has found a new and welcoming home at the shelter. Possums do not make good pets and they only live a year or two.
 

Great thanks to Amy for her presentation and to program co-chairs Anissa Novak and Rich Hamlin for bringing her in.
 
 

See everyone Thursday!
 
 
 
 
 
The Hub October 13th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub October 6th, 2022

 
 
Dear Members (and other interested readers):
Our October 6 meeting was at Seascape (that isn't going to be news for awhile).

We had 27 attendees in person and Jimmy K on zoom

CO-Prez Laura hosted

Sue Lawson's former French exchange student Celine returned after 8 years.  Celine was a sophomore at AHS in 2014 and is now a landscape engineer, traveling the world before starting work. C'est un femme charmante.  Unclear why she is not a Rotarian with all of our positive influence.
Rotarian Sue Lawson with her Rotary Youth Exchange daughter Celine! Celine was our exchange student 8-9 years ago. She is from Angé, France.   It’s been so wonderful to have Celine joining us again! 
 
Paul Duren attended again as Michele's guest.  The announcement that he has submitted his application for membership was met with tumultuous applause.

Anders also attended and gave a thoughtful thanks .

Dr Art, sporting a Bear Bryant hat ( for those too young ,it makes a cameo in Forrest Gump) delivered the thought for the day, which was a bit easier to understand written than oral, "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group in a society, over time they create a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."   Timely and well said.

Also special wardrobe shoutout to Anissa who was wearing one of her "over 300" t-shirts.

Nice to see Karen again- let’s lobby for making that a regular occurrence, AND she attended the Nisene Marks walk too (see below).

Sam led us again solo on his electric guitar in the welcome song with a country flavor to it and 4 way test with its homage to the melody of Running Bear.  Trivia- Running Bear was written by "The Big Bopper" but he did not sing the hit record- he died the year before it was a hit in the plane crash with Richie Valens and Buddy Holly.  Which in turn was the inspiration for "American Pie" (The Day the Music Died) by Don MaClean.

Laura reminded us that the District Governor will be at our lunch on 10/27. 
Kendra added that particularly since our lunch attendance is starting to consistently be above 25 please RSVP so she can tell Seascape how much food to prepare so we don't run short.

Win- reminded us that grants application closes 10/20 and that the Grants committee will be meeting soon

Trish told us that Soquel High Rotaract students are impressive

Lori announced that the avenues of service meeting is in San Jose 10/15 8am-4pm- contact her for details and volunteering

Also, Santa Cruz Rotary is re-enacting the dedication of Big Basin park on Oct. 22, which is the 100th anniversary thereof,  at 11 am at Big Basin- lunch is available for $20

Michele reminded us of the Willy Roast, the impending renewal of Red Badge meetings at Seascape bar on Wednesdays starting soon and the first renewed membership Monday at Vino Cruz on 10/24, as well as the hazards of attending Rotary lunches unprepared as she tripped standing up to make her announcements without a drink and in flip flops.  Vertically challenged as your author is, as for liability purposes it may be best  that she have a mandatory warmup cocktail and wear heels.  Can I get a second? An amen?

Al didn't attend so stand in detective ___________ had members talk about their favorite Halloween costumes.

Anissa was Wonder Woman  (not recently, lucky for Gal Gadot)
Michele dressed herself in small breakfast cereal boxes with knives in them and was a "cereal killer" (Captain Crunch was always a bit spooky)

Rich Hamlin told about his cool Spider Man costume that unfortunately fell apart so he ended up carrying it around in his undies.  Years ago, we hope. 
 
 
Mel Defe, executive director of Siena House 

Our guest speaker was Mel Defe  who is the Director of Siena House.  She  came to be director recently after a career in silicon valley- she was the yoga instructor there and was essentially appointed by acclimation when a new director was needed 2 years ago.
Laura did career counseling there and Michele was their banker
Anissa Novak (Club Speaker Coordinator) , Mel Defe (of Siena House) with CPOM Laura Grinder! 

Siena House was founded twenty three years ago by Wayne Schafer as a shelter for homeless pregnant women.  It is on the grounds of a convent but is non- denominational. 

Most of the women were drug users, mentally ill  and/or victims of abuse or neglect with no place else to go.  In addition to teaching the women basic life skills and how to care for babies, the goal is to get them off drugs or into therapy and/or on medication so they can care for their children and themselves.  Siena House is the first functional family environment for many of the women.  The environment is nurturing, educations, non-violent and non-profane.
They aim to change the women's lives, end abuse, break cycles, and make them good parents.

Mel estimated they have a 60 % success rate, but unfortunately many of the residents end up having their children taken away  by CPS because they do not learn how to safely parent.

The program has a few paid staff members but relies heavily on volunteers.  It is funded about 85% by private donors

They usually have 6-8 women in residence.  The young mothers relocate soon after their babies are born- usually with the assistance of a number of social programs and subsidies.  Occasionally the young mothers reconnect with their families.

Win noted that Siena House is a grant applicant.  Mel said they need a new kitchen- the present one is from about 1955, and they would love it if we could donate an oven.  Fabulous idea.

The Nisene Marks hike 10/9 was attended by 10 folks foolish enough to let deposed President Ken lead them into the forest without maps.  3.5 miles and 2 hours later the fortunate survivors recouped their courage at a rehydration ceremony on Ken's front yard.  There are plenty of leftover adult beverages to supply the next hike- 10/30.  BTW campers, "leave at 10 am" means leave Ken's house to start the hike at 10am, not leave your house at 10 am to get to Ken's house.....
 
 
Best excuse for not attending- Michele B was in Vegas celebrating her anniversary.  That also explains the leftover booze...
Special post- hike guest was Ken's neighbor Harry Koue who just stopped downhill skiing at 91 years old (2 years ago) and told stories about driving a dynamite truck for the US Army in the Korean war....

See everyone Thursday!
 
 
The Hub October 6th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-10-12 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub September 29th, 2022

 
Our September 29 lunch at Seascape was attended by 23 folks in person and Jimmy Kutch and Sue Lawson on zoom.
Anders was in attendance- great to see him, Konstantin was also with us again
Lori Teller brought Dave, Sam brought his lovely wife, Dagmar's mom graced us with her presence.

Co-President Kendra led the proceedings and festivities.

Sam led us in the Welcome Song with a rousing guitar variation and the 4 way Test song, augmented by Kelly's chorus from Running Bear.

Sam also told a short joke that was both misogynistic and accurate. 

Kendra reported that the Chamber Showcase  was a great success- we had a booth at the 10th hole and great participation.  Kudos to Doug Deaver for all the work he put into it. 

Lori Teller advised that the area-wide Rotaract event in San Jose on Oct. 9 needs volunteers for shifts between 8 am and 4 pm.  See Lori for details and to sign up.

Deposed ex-President Ken is leading a hike through Nisene Marks forest on October 9.  The hike will start at ten from Ken's house.  There is plenty of parking in the neighborhood.  The hike will either be 2 miles of relatively easy trails or 3.5 mails which includes a little more challenging trails.  The length will be determined at this Thursday's meeting by vote of participants.  After the hike there will be re-hydration at Ken's house.  Some beverages will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own.  Donations to Rotary will also be encouraged.  Rotarians and guests are welcome.  The Vienna Woods neighborhood is having its vehicle parade at 1pm- classic cars and kids cars will drive around the neighborhood.

On October 22 there will be a Rotary-sponsored re- enactment of preservation of redwoods at Henry Cowell park starting at 11 am. Lunch is available for $20
There is also a fundraising 5k run/walk at Harbor High starting at 9am.   Monarch is one of the beneficiaries of the raised funds.

Dagmar described the club's efforts and haul of trash at the beach cleanup: 15 humans and several dogs picked up about 6 lbs of trash and 6 lbs of recyclables and, disappointingly, there was quite an uptick in covid test swab's (ya know, the long brain-tickling-Q-tip ones).  Thanks to all who showed up and contributed.  The assertion that ex-prez Ken simply picked up the recyclables he had partied with the night before is not supported by any witnesses.

Michele hosted a celebration/happy hour in Keith's memory at her lovely house overlooking Kelly Lake.  About 25 folks attended.  The weather and locale were perfect.  In addition to fabulous company and the beautiful grounds and view, guests enjoyed reminisces about Keith, cocktails, wine and beer-and of course a Corona toast led by Michele in his honor.  Keith was clearly there enjoying it all in spirit.


Mardi was the detective.  She gave a very informative discussion on social media security.  She warned of the importance of having anti virus software on your electronic devices.  She summarized the ways in which Facebook/Meta creates and uses algorithms to learn about its customers and sells that information advertisers.  Mardi also explained that friending people can exponentially spread your personal information.  She emphasized  how important it is to get and keep protection against your personal information being shared without your approval.  Mardi is available for information and advice on how to do that.

Mardi also warned about the myriad of scams that victimize the unwary online.

Laura asked if personal information could be obtained by others via the Rotary Facebook page.  Mardi said  business pages are more secure.

Mardi concluded by celebrating National Coffee day and showing the recipe for Licor 43 and espresso.

Dr. Art  was going to be the speaker but deferred because we ran out of time. 
He did recommend the use of Avast for online protection.

Nelson stepped up and ad libbed with an impromptu presentation about his spontaneous visit to the Penny Bar in the oil town of McKittrick.  The bar closed for good 2 days after he and his wife visited- correlation is not causation.
All surfaces in the bar are covered with pennies and there are dollar bills on ceiling.  A lawyer's feng shui. Many of the pennies are rare.  There are many funny signs on the walls, for example, "Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder."  Graham pointed out Rotary buttons on the walls.  A shame it is closing.


The raffle once again was unclaimed.

We will see everyone Thursday at Seascape!
 
 
The Hub September 29th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub September 15th, 2022

 
Our September 15 lunch meeting was at Seascape, which is noteworthy because owing to a recent conflagration alternate venues are in short supply.
We had 22 members in person, Jimmy and Sue on zoom.

Kendra presided and has glided into the role with far more class and ease than her predecessor (says the IPP, not referring to previous CPOM!).

Dr. Art, consensus nominee for Man of the Year (write-in for Man of the Decade) gave the thought for the day: to do well in old age we have to start early.  Not sure what that means but your author started drinking at 16 and hopes that counts.

It was also Dr Art's anniversary, so much to celebrate.

Al played the Welcome Song on his portable keyboard because apparently the space occupied by upright piano intrudes on the maximum occupancy of the porch, hence it once again was somewhere else.  Al's rendition was, as usual, rousing and celebratory.
We had a teasing moment of Kelly's keyboard skills as well, as he tickled the ivories with a few chords of Louie Louie.  He was not asked why, when given the opportunity to expose  his largesse as a pianist, he chose such a short piece.

Dr. Art increased  his Renaissance Man cred by also being the detective.  Noting that our club is white as homogenized milk, and no doubt drawing from his days in Chicago, Dr. Art asked the club members to name dead black female singers.  The members knew many.
Perhaps we could add a song from Billie Holliday,  Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith or Tammi Terrel in addition to (instead of?) the 4 Way test song?  Sam, Al, Kelly?

By informal consensus there will be walks/hikes through Nisene Marks Park leaving from Ken's house on the mornings of Oct. 9 and 30.  The walks will be followed by re-hydration at Ken's house.  Ken will supply the hydrants, participants are asked to donate generously to Rotary.
Start time will be 10ish.  Length will depend on the abilities of the attendees. More details will be worked out as folks commit.

There were 7 birthdays- leading to the question, what happened in 40-70 years ago on January 15?  The Super Bowl used to be played in the 2d-3d week in January until about 1979, but otherwise.....?

Bill Witmer brought pledge cards for the Rotary Funds- everyone make sure to donate- thanks to Bill's strong-arming/persuasion/charm (not his uncanny resemblance to fellow Bostonian White Bulger) we have been at100% participation for years.  Better contribute if you know what is good for you.

Michele bought us up to speed on the Second Harvest Willy Roast: We need sponsors and auction items. The event is likely to sell out so get your tickets now.

Next Saturday (Sept. 24)  will be busy: beach cleanup at Rio Del Mar at 10 am and a Happy Hour at  Michele’s house in Keith’s honor 4-7.  This is an either/or.

Oct 27 will also be busy: the District Governor will be visiting and we understand taking a kinder and gentler approach to motivation and leadership We will also have a Board meeting and a Foundation meeting.

Kendra advised that Santa Cruz Rotary is celebrating its 100 year anniversary with a gala in the evening of 10/22, and Freedom Rotary is holding their fundraiser called Uncork Corralitos at Aladdin Nursery earlier that same day.   (Lack of coordination perhaps?!)  Uncork Corralitos venue is right next to El Vaquero winery.  Contact Kendra about tickets and wearing tuxedos to the grand event at the nursery, or call the Rudy  Giuliani campaign....    (DG Savita and other 5170 leadership will be attending both, and will wear their black tie attire to the nursery then continue onto Coconut Grove for the Centennial Gala!) 

Our guest speaker was Sierra Schneider, head of the UCSC science internship program.   Her presentation on zoom was informative and inspirational.
The program has been in existence for 14 years and is  now in all 5 divisions at UCSC: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, hence the acronym STEAM.
CrEst is an umbrella organization overseeing several programs and initiatives driven by parents and alums and which seeks to increase opportunities for careers in research and increase diversity in research and are particularly interested in opening opportunities to students from other areas.  Unfortunately, locally, the lack of in-person programs during Covid has severely curtailed participation from students from Watsonville.

Their flagship program is a ten week summer class which places high school students into research labs at UCSC.
Sierra commented that we have recently been beset by two pandemics: one of disease, the other of disinformation.  Teaching students how to learn and research (literally searching again and again) to ascertain the truth is a way to defeat both.
They try to demystify science, as Sierra said, by "pulling back the curtain" and "dipping ones toe" into science.
Remarkably, all students in the program have gone to college.

One of the programs that CrEST sponsors is  Shadow the Scientists, where students literally follow scientists around to learn how do science correctly.  Covid has forced all of those relationships to be remote, but they are still successful.
Others include: "Pajama mode" astronomy where students learn and follow astronomy on-line;  Python and research in computer language tutorial where students learn how to use Python programming to do research; ReComBio which teaches programming for bio research and We Are Stardust which teaches the ways of native sky watchers as well as scientific ways of learning, Global SPHERE network including  Harvard, Cal and  AMNH  Peer to peer-alumni at various colleges, workplaces and alum parents.

Our next meeting, and all of those in the near future, will be at Seascape until further notice.

Hope to see everyone there then!
 
 
The Hub September 15th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-09-20 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub August 18th, 2022 

 
Our August 18 meeting at Seascape had 22 in person and 2 zoom attendees.
 
Great Big Welcome Back to Jimmy Kutch!!! Congrats on being well enough to join us- always a better event with Jimmy K there. Also nice to see Marie at lunch again – we are hoping she can convince her daughter to join.
 
Kendra Cleary and Jimmy Kutch; Marie Mosely.
 
 
Sam led us in the Welcome Song and 4 Way Test song and we got a taste of Kelly's oompa oompa beat.
 
Dr. Art provided a thought for the day that paraphrased Steven Hawking, who said, “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” Dr. Art’s version left his audience deep in thought.
 
 
It was CPOM Laura's birthday and Sam led us in the Birthday song- happy 54th Madam Co-President. Happy Birthday Laura!!!
 
He wasn't there to refute or deny it. but Graham Stokes supposedly has agreed to succeed Craig as Sgt at Arms. Congratulations?
 
Alexandra Weiss, one of our scholarship recipients, attended via Zoom and was prodded by immediate past president Ken to brag a bit about the things she accomplished that warranted our scholarship. She is delightful and a very deserving and grateful recipient. We wish her all the best.
Trish Glassey and Ken virtually present Alexandra
with her scholarship certificate.
 
Becky announced the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 17 at Seascape. A hat was passed for donations for her walking. Details are online – summary is that the event is at Seascape Park and Resort- registration at 8, ceremony at 9 and walk starts at 9:30 – route is tba.
 
Michele passed out flyers and gave more details about the Willy Roast on November 18. Sponsors are needed for this fun charitable event.
 
By voice vote we elected the at large directors nominated/voluntold by the board (Michele, Dagmar, Dr. Art, Win, Mardi, and Trish), including Graham so he now cannot get out of it.
 
Michele also announced the 9/28 Business Showcase: we need somebody to be in charge or assembling and staffing our booth and recruiting Interacters to volunteer - job descriptions seemed suspiciously easy... we also need volunteers to staff the booth.
 
Sadly, it was announced that former member Bob Curtis passed. His wife passed along their gratitude for our club's thoughtfulness. His memorial will be September 9 at 11 am at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at 9850 Monroe Ave., Aptos.
 
Mardi was recognized for her hard work in arranging for a large, three-part ad for our Club in the Volunteer Recognition supplement in the Saturday, August 13 edition of the Sentinel. Images of the ad page were projected. Two of the parts appear below:
 
 
Nelson was the Detective. He revealed that it was also co-President/birthday girl Laura’s 18th anniversary of joining Rotary. - a well-deserved round of applause. Celebratory drinks to be.....later?
 
Nelson also coined a new acronym – CPOM - Co-President of the Month.... For those not sure how the monthly title will be determined, Laura and Kendra had previously announced that they were alternating months chairing Club meetings and being primarily responsible for Club business. Kendra is CPOM in the odd months, Laura in the even months.
 
Nelson queried the attendees on the identify of non-members of our club who appeared in the event photo below, which ran as the third part of Mardi’s Sentinel ad.
 
 
The members scored about 50%. Without naming names, there were 1 or 2 whom some of us might prefer not to recall....
 
Sandra was asked to tell something about her past that we did not know about. She told us she was from Coalinga, of which she said most people remark, "I've driven through there." She said that one of the events of her childhood was tarantula races held in her driveway. And one wonders why folks didn't stop there....
 
Afterward, Kendra presented Laura with a gag birthday t-shirt.
Presumably, pickleball players get the joke.
 
Our guest speaker was Ashley Bridges, the Director of Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes.
 
 
 
Dr. Art volunteers at Loaves and Fishes every week. He has set up our club to be there 11/23 to help with meals. Everyone is encouraged to lend a hand.
 
Ashely said that Loaves and Fishes started after the Loma Prieta earthquake. It serves meals Mondays thru Fridays noon-3 pm. Our club's last grant to Loaves and Fishes went to support "Pantry on the Go," which provides bags of food for the homeless.
 
Loaves and Fishes addresses food insecurity which affects 1 in 4 residents of Santa Cruz County, and is particularly acute at months' ends. 80% of their clients are in South County. Ironically, many of their clients are farm workers.
 
The organization has 4 full time employees and 1-20 volunteers a day. They provide bags of pre-packed staples and choices for other items.
 
Their major distributions are on Thanksgiving and Christmas and that’s when they need the most help.
 
This year the County did not fund Loaves and Fishes (or many other non-profits) so they will have to draw on reserves.
 
They will also hold their Empty Bowls fundraiser.
 
We look forward to seeing everyone next Thursday!
 
 
 
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The Hub August 11th, 2022

 
 
By Nelson Crandall
 
Pre-Meeting. Setting up Zoom for the Club meeting at Seascape is like a box of chocolates. I never know what I’m going to find. Will there be a piano? Will there be an American flag? Will the flagpole be larger than the flag itself? Will there be an extension cord? Will there be something to prevent the cord from becoming a tripping hazard? Will there be a table for the projector? The treat this week was two upside tables instead of a flag. The creativity is amazing.
 
Call to Order. CPOM Laura Grinder presided over the August 9 Club meeting. (CPOM stands for “Co-President of the Month.”) Laura started what I hope is a new tradition – acknowledging three members who joined us on Zoom.
 
Thought of the Day. Dr. Art Dover paraphrased Dr. Martin Luther King, who said, “it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”
 
Thank You Note. Nelson Crandall shared a lovely thank you note from our scholarship recipient, Celeste Ferreira.
 
Keith's Celebration of Life. Al De Camara announced that Keith Medeiros's celebration of life will be held at Keith's home on Saturday, August 27.
 
Jacob's Heart School Supply Drive. Julie Lambert announced that last week Club members generously pledged $ 1,000 to be matched by the Capitola-Aptos Rotary Foundation for Jacob's Heart. Julie asked that anyone who had not yet made good on their pledge to pay Julie in cash or by check or to pay Michele Bassi by Venmo. 
 
Board Meeting. CPOM Laura announced that the August Club board meeting will be prior to our lunch gathering at 10:45 a.m. next Thursday, August 18 at Seascape Golf Club. Everyone is welcome. 
 
Opening Anthems. We were treated once again to the musicianship of Al on his new, lighter electric piano and Sam Nigh on his resonator guitar. Singing our Club songs is always a highlight.
 
Detective. Co-President Elect Lowry Fenton was the detective of the day. The themes of his trivia questions were saxophones and Africa in honor of our guest speaker who was both a sax player and an Africa scholar.
 
Scholarship Recipient. We were treated to a visit by one of our Club scholarship recipients, graduating Soquel High Interact President Danika Marlatt visiting with her mother, Monica. Danika will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall. In the photo below, Win Fernald presents Danika with her scholarship certificate.
 
 
Guest Speaker. Thursday’s meeting featured a presentation by David H. Anthony, III, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of African History at UC Santa Cruz.
 
Dr. Anthony spoke at the invitation of Dr. Art Dover. The two bonded when they realized that they both spoke Portuguese.
 
Dr. Anthony confessed that he had just this month completed the complex task of retiring from the faculty at UC Santa Cruz – a process that required him to produce, among other things, his marriage license and other oddities that kept him from providing a topic in advance of our meeting. With no input from him, the topic of his talk was listed as “Racism,” but that wasn’t correct. Not even close, really. So strong are pre-conceived beliefs that when he was introduced as a professor of African History, I heard African American History. But no, his scholarship centered on Africa, not America.
 
Dr. Anthony showed how we are all aware of many of the conflicts that have characterized the African continent. We are also generally aware that colonization and decolonization have played important roles in shaping modern Africa. Dr. Anthony stressed that factors other than conflict – especially language and clan structure – have affected Africa’s evolution. For further reading, he recommended Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State by Mary Harper (African Arguments, 2012).
 
 
 
National Nonprofit Day was August 13th and we were on the News! Below the article launched in the Sentinel Newspaper
 
 
 
 
The Hub - August 11th, 2022
 
 
 
 
 
The Hub August 11th, 2022 Nelson Crandall 2022-08-11 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub August 4th, 2022

 
Field Trip to Second Harvest Food Bank
 
On August 2, 19 Club members met at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville. About 8 of us carpooled. In attendance were Co-Presidents Laura Grinder and Kendra Cleary (Laurda on social media), Co-Presidents Elect Pam Goodman and Lowry Fenton, Michele Bassi, Craig Bagley, Nelson Crandall, Eric Costello, Al De Camara, Win Fernald, Trish Glassy, Dagmar Leguillon, Mardi Padilla, Julie Lambert, Sam Nigh, Anissa Novak, Becky Peters, Kate Southerland, and Matt Wetstein.
 
We gathered in the front patio, enjoying the pleasant weather and beautiful tile wall. Julie pointed out her family’s tile, but it’s not in the picture
 
Sandra, Pam, Win, Laura, Craig, Mardi, and Eric.
 
A sign in sheet was circulating as we arrived. We learned later that as part of its food security protocols, everyone who enters the warehouse must sign in and sign out.
 
The first announcement was that everyone who had parked on the concrete next door was illegally parked. Five of us immediately scampered off to move our cars.
 
Chief Development Officer Suzanne Willis, seen below left thinking “Is he really a Rotarian?”, gave us a tour with a nifty headset and belt-worn speaker to ensure everyone could hear. Brand new CEO Erica Padilla-Chavez tagged along to make us feel important.
 
 
First stop was the warehouse, piled high with canned goods on palate racks. They didn’t have palate racks in 1989, leaving them a lot to pick up when the shaking stopped.
 
Left to right, Suzanne, Julie, Laura, Sandra, Lowry, Trish, Win, Michele, Anissa, Craig.
 
Left to right, Craig, Kate, Trish, Al, Dagmar, Erica, Sam, Sandra, Matt, Suzanne.
 
 
The biggest question on everyone’s mind was, “What is lezinine?” but no one had the nerve to ask out loud. Instead, we learned that Second Harvest acts as a distribution hub rather than as a distribution point. Second Harvest provides food to dozens of organizations that distribute food directly to consumers.
 
From there we moved to a narrow hallway with a 50-year timeline. Who knew that Second Harvest, the nation’s second food bank, was inspired by the Santa Cruz branch of the Black Panthers who were participating the Black Panthers’ nationwide Free Breakfast for School Children Program?  
 
From that narrow hall we moved to the shipping and receiving room and its labor-saving loading docks. Before the loading docks were built, it took half an hour or longer to unload a truck. Now, it takes five minutes.
 
This painting adorns the wall of the shipping and receiving room, along with a warning from the voice of experience:
 
 
 
From there we passed a capacious freezer with a padded roll-up door that opens and closes in the flash an eye; too fast for the camera to capture. With the door open, everyone with exposed skin below the knees could feel the cold air flowing out of the freezer. Next to it was an equally impressive cooler.
 
One of our resident vegans, Dagmar, ironically asked if Second Harvest handled meat. Dagmar, why would you want to know? Yes, Second Harvest handles meat. But not normally turkeys. Who has room for multiple frozen turkeys? (Al said that Sam did, but Sam denied it.) Frozen chickens are about as large as people can handle. Most of the meat is canned and comes through the Department of Agriculture.
 
Next stop was another cooler stocked with strawberries and watermelons, among other things. In answer to questions, we learned that before the pandemic, Second Harvest served around 50,000 persons, roughly 20% of the county’s population. At the height of the pandemic, that figure soared to 100,000 and presently is about 85,000.
 
We also learned that much of Second Harvest’s offerings includes local fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it is produce that isn’t pretty enough for the retail trade; sometimes it is produce that is too ripe to survive a round trip to a Central Valley distribution center before returns to local shelves.
 
Food that is not good enough for humans is distributed as animal feed, unless there are too many berries. Animals can stand only so many berries. Food not good enough for animals goes to the composing facility in Seaside.
 
All the food Second Harvest distributes is given away for free. Well, almost. Sometimes a non-profit needs a food that Second Harvest does not have in stock, such as peanut butter. In that case, Second Harvest will use its buying power to purchase the item at a deeply discounted price with the non-profit contributing a small portion of the purchase price.
 
After the tour we lunched on deli sandwiches and water in the employee picnic area. The meeting ended promptly on time, with everyone both spiritually and physically sated.
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
The Hub August 4th, 2022 Nelson Crandall 2022-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

Field Trip Thursday August 4th

 
Field Trip!!!
 
Please join us for a field trip to Second Harvest today Thursday August 4th, 2022.
If you would like to carpool can meet at Seascape Golf at 11:35am or meet at Second Harvest at noon.
 
 
 
 
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The Hub July 21, 2022

 
 
Attendance. Our July 21 lunch meeting at Seascape was attended by 20 members and 2 guests in person, 4 members on Zoom, and our guest speaker.
 
Guests. Our guests were attorney Shelli Strohle, whom we hope to see as a member soon; and Marie Moseley's daughter Michelle, who has recently returned here from Texas. Michelle was president of Rotaract at Aptos HS.
 
Happy New Year! The peaceful transition of power is complete: Co-President Kendra hosted and, of course, ran the meeting seamlessly...pretty much..., especially impressive because she had just headed her first Board meeting and timed it perfectly. Co-Prez Laura was sick and attended on Zoom.
 
Welcome Song. Sam and his guitar led us in the Welcome Song and 4-Way Test song. Nelson expressed his immersion in Rotary by telling us he now sings the 4 Way Test song in the shower at home. We will take his word for that. We already have it on zoom at the club
 
Jokes of the Day. Sam also told the joke of the day-which believe it or not, is a true story-about the lawyer who got a $10,000 payout on a fire insurance claim for the cigars he smoked, but then was convicted of arson. We love happy endings.
 
Dr. Art told a joke/warning about not monkey(pox)ing around...
 
Rich added to the mirth with a few jokes that were much funnier than he predicted....one- what does an agnostic dyslexic insomniac do? Lies awake wondering if there is a Dog.
 
New Officers. Kendra convened the clubs' annual meeting, and by voice vote the nominated 2022-23 officers and at large directors were confirmed. Lowrey and Pam are our co-presidents elect. Nelson and Julie will continue as Secretary and Treasurer. We are waiting for someone or two to take over Sgt at Arms for Craig.
Field Trip! Kendra announced that our August 4 meeting will be at Second Harvest, not Seascape.
 
Sunshine Report. Former member and continuing friend Brenda Mee suffered a horrific family tragedy- her husband’s brother-and sister-in-law were killed in a car crash. Condolences and support from her Rotarian friends will be appreciated. She is not in ClubRunner, so Kendra sent an email with her email and phone.
 
Keith Medieros Services. Keith's family sent an announcement about a memorial/celebration of life on August 27 at Keith’s home. Members are checking the details and will report updates.
 
Peruvian Food Festival. Mardi announced that there will be a Peruvian food festival at Seacliff Beach Saturday July 30 11-3pm. She handed out colorful flyers with the details. Food must be pre-ordered. Call Mardi to place your order. Let's support this culinary and cultural adventure!
 
Detective. Mardi was also Detective. She told us about her funny experiences with American junk food (to whet our appetites for real Peruvian food?) She also had some good historical questions -example- the first native American on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?..... Jay Silverheels (Tonto). And, more recently- the Best Band at the 4th of July parade? Sam Nigh's!!!
 
Professor Carrie Partch on Circadian Rhythms. Our guest speaker was Carrie Partch PhD, a biochemist at UCSC, who spoke and presented a power point on Circadian rhythms. (Not to be confused with cicadas, the 17 year locusts....Rich.)
 
Dr. Partch explained that all sun-dwelling life builds its schedule around sunlight cycles. As an example of how photosynthetic lives (plants) do it, she showed a time lapse video of a sunflower "waking up" by opening its leaves facing East, tracking the sun to the West as the day progressed, and closing down its leaves at night to "sleep."
 
Non photosynthetic creatures like humans have developed internal clock schedules.
 
The focus of Dr. Partch's presentation was on humans' Circadian/sunlight rhythms. Some key points:
  • Our Circadian rhythms affect sleep cycle, appetite, and cognitive performance. Melatonin production increases as night falls and decreases dawn-ish. Blood pressure and heart rates also fall at night and rise in the morning.
  • Most people have an approximate 24-hour sleep-wake cycle, but a "chronotype survey" showed a bell graph of people with longer and shorter cycles, some as short as 20 hours. People with significantly shorter cycles can have problems establishing a regular sleep schedule.
  • People with somewhat shorter sleep cycles tend to be early risers, "morning larks." "Night owls" often have longer cycles. These differences may be inherited, particularly a DNA mutation present in about 1 in 75 Europeans where a tail is missing from a key protein. This genetic difference is frequently misdiagnosed as chronic insomnia.
  • Studies on circadian rhythms have shown that certain times of day are optimal for certain activities. Perhaps most important- the time when food is eaten is as important as what is eaten. Snacks at night, for example, are worst because the body is not prepared to digest them. People participating in a study where they were restricted to 10 hour eating periods and only when active lost weight and lowered their blood pressure. An experiment on mice had similar results and showed the inverse as well- mice with unrestricted eating hours gained significant weight.
  • Though most of us have coffee or tea in the morning, caffeine is actually most effective at 1-2 pm.
  • Workouts are best mid-late afternoon for muscle mass; Skin damage is best repaired just before sleep.
Dr. Partch's lab investigates proteins and genes and the molecular basis for Circadian rhythms. The lab purifies protein crystals and subject them to light at Livermore to see how clock proteins fit together in DNA. They hope to assist in the development of therapies to extend circadian clocks that are too short and perhaps alteration of dosages of drugs to increase their efficacy.
 
Don’t Tease the Author. BTW- to those members teasing your author about being on the phone working during the meetings- as shown to Dr. Art and Co-Prez Kendra, I was taking notes for this article (I got my degree in journalism). Mostly....
 
We hope to see everyone in person or on Zoom at Thursday's meeting at Seascape.
 
 
The Hub July 21, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub June 30th, 2022

 
 
Our June 30 lunch was at Seascape.  We had 22 attendees in person, none on zoom but it is recorded.
Ralph Miljanich visited us from Santa Cruz Rotary
 
 
Justin Deng was Bill Witmer’s guest.  Justin’s daughter is an Aptos HS recipient of our scholarship this year.  He is recently retired…whatever that word means.
 
Rick Klevins attended his first meeting after the board approved his application.
 
Al led us in the Welcome Song on his keyboard.
 
Nelson brought our projector again so that Seascape won’t try to tag us with a $50 projector fee.
 
Al advised that hours of visiting Bill Weston at Dominican Oaks are 10am and 2pm, NOT 10am to 2pm, as your author wrote in the most recent Hub.
Jimmy Kutch is also newly placed on Injured Reserve as he fell and broke a  hip.
 
Dr. Art provided the thought for the Day.
Nelson told the joke of the day- An oxymoron walks into a bar, the silence was deafening…..thanks Mrs. Clinton….
 
The Board approved the slate of officers for the incoming regime.  We need a volunteer for Sgt. At Arms.  Please talk to Craig about that asap.
 
Dagmar gave the most memorable announcement of the year about the July 9 beach cleanup, which will be at Rio del Mar starting at 10 am.
Showing rousing patriotic fervor, she wore a thong- bikini US flag long t-shirt.  It was suggested that photos of her adoring/adorning the flag be used in our recruitment efforts.
Almost equally as compelling haberdashery- Rotary capes will be available for wearing at the beach cleanup.  Choose your own super-power. 
Dagmar also brought prosecco and offered a toast to outgoing/demoted President Ken- thanks Dagmar and thanks to all the fabulous members who make this club so special.  As Dagmar pointed out- while most other clubs struggle (ironically)  to get members to volunteer for the myriad of activities and offices, our members volunteer willingly and readily, which exemplifies the spirit and purpose of Rotary.  (except Sgt at Arms, come on guys….)  We also need more folks to help break down the beer booth at the end of the 4th of July  afternoon…..
 
 
Kate was the detective and probed the attendees’ knowledge of 4th of July facts, clearly drawing on her skills experience as a teacher.  Overall, members scored a B-.
President Ken can further explain Palsgraff vs. LIRR to anyone significantly bored with life…
 
Our guest speaker was Martha Denny.  Her connections to the club were that she met Anissa drinking (surprise!) and she recognized Dr. Dover because he saved her baby’s life! 
 
Martha owns a local accounting firm.  She is married with several kids.  But her story is far from typical- she escaped  dire poverty in Jalisco as one of 13 kids in a farming family with no beds or running water.  Her Dad worked in the US and sent home spare money. As a child she made trinkets to sell to tourists, her brother sold chiclets.  She was thrilled to be one of the only kids in the family to go to school- in her one pair of shoes and one uniform.  As the efforts to process her applications through US Immigration stalled over years, she was smuggled into the US in the trunk of a car when she was 15.  She graduated with a 4.2 GPA from Aptos HS in 1998 despite never having spoken English before getting  here. 
 
It can take more than ten years to obtain citizenship here. She got her citizenship when she was 30- as a birthday present to herself.
 
Martha spoke movingly about her passion for education and the motivation for her, and many other immigrants, to come to the US because it offers hope and opportunity.  She extolled the virtues of the education system here, and dismay/disappointment at the number of kids and families who do not take advantage of it and do not appreciate the paths to success that are available here.  She also derided stereotypes against Hispanics, noting that they still exist: when she recently treated her 3 Caucasian employees to a spa day in Monterey recently, the spa staff served her employees first- she also was recently told
” You look like you earn minimum wage.”  Ugh.
 
Martha fielded many questions from the members, some of which were about sensitive political and personal topics and engendered engaging discussions.  She showed poise and compassion.  It was surprising that with all of her worldly knowledge, she did not know the answer to Eric’s question- where are chiclets made?  Fun facts- they were made in the US until 2019 (now being made in Mexico).  The name is derived a Mexican/Spanish word derived from an Aztec word meaning sticky.
 
Our next meeting is Jul 6 at Seascape under the new regime of co-President’s Kendra and Laura, neither of which will actually be present that day, how ironic.  So the mice (you) can play while the dictator cats (Kendra & Laura) are on vacation! But be warned, on July 14, Hail to the new Chiefs! 

 
 Also, first board meeting of the new regime will be on July 21, 10:45am. 
 
 
The Hub June 30th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub June 23rd, 2022

 
Our June 23 meeting had a special venue- the garden court of Constantine’s bed and breakfast, Cliff Crest just a few blocks from the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.  The weather was perfect as was the ambience on the grass under the trees. 
 
Special thanks to Constantine and his charming wife Adrianna for their accommodation, Kendra and Anissa for their extra efforts in setting it  up and coordinating lunch=deli sandwiches that were perfect for the picnic lunch.
 
Al brought his keyboard and provided some relaxing mood music then led us in the Welcome Song.
 
Al reported that Bill Westin is in room C 107 at Dominican Oaks
He welcomes visitors but it’s best to be there at 10am or 2pm.
 
Keith is at home.  He also accepts visitors but tires easily, so visits should be short and coordinated in advance. 

Constantine told the joke of the day- quite funny but not fit for print
 
Ken was the detective and tested the lunchers’ ability to discern real Rotary fundraisers from fictitious ones.  Hilarity ensued.
 
Constantine was our guest speaker and gave a presentation on the history of the house from its original construction and ownership to his purchase of it and  his transition from chemical engineer to eminent hotelier. 
 
 
Constantine and Adrianna led the guests on tours of the mansion that they have decorated beautifully.  It certainly is a charming property in a great locale with extraordinary owners.
 
President Ken’s debunking was at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club building on June 27.  Hilarity ensued in no small part to the endless supply of material.  The humiliators were of course very funny but appeared to have pulled their punches.  There has been no confirmation of the rumor that legal action was dangled as a threat.
 
This Thursday’s meeting will be at Seascape at noon.  The board meeting will precede it starting at 1045am.
 
Reminder that the 4th of July celebration is on Monday….July 4th….at Aptos Village Park.  All who have not signed up to help- shame on you but seek salvation by attending the fair and spending lots of money at the Capitola Aptos Rotary beer and hard cider booth.
 
 
The Hub June 23rd, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-06-23 07:00:00Z 0

6/23/22 Rotary Meeting Field Trip Details

 

Hybrid Meeting Announcement for 6/23 Rotary: 

Due to the scheduled field trip and logistics, we will NOT be doing a hybrid Zoom meeting on Thursday, June 23rd

Please join us at Cliff Crest Bed & Breakfast, 
407 Cliff St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
There is plenty of onsite parking behind the main house, and we will convene at Konstantin’s B&B at noon! See you all there. 

NOTE Re: Lunch that day: If you have not gotten a Sandwich order to Kendra [[ kcleary(dot)rotary(at)gmail.com ]] by the morning of Weds 6/22, please bring a bag lunch for yourself to the meeting!

6/23/22 Rotary Meeting Field Trip Details Kendra Cleary 2022-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub June 2nd, 2022

Our June 2 meeting was at Seascape. We had 23 attendees in person and 2 on Zoom

Michele announced the signups for our beer and hard seltzer booth at the July 4th festival in Aptos Village Park and passed around a signup sheet.  We need Ms y more volunteers for the shifts which run 4 hours.

President Ken’s debunking is set for June 27 starting 5 pm at the Santa Cruz Yacht club
The committee to nominate the 2022-2023 President(s) elect is meeting and talking to nominees.

Dr Art announced that Loaves and fishes has asked for help in its food drives the week before thanksgiving and week before Christmas. He is going to the Rotary international convention on Houston in July

Sam soloed leading the Welcome song and 4 way test song

Sue Detective.  She asked members to park about:
Where they grew up and what brought them to California 

Joni :  came here to get away from Winters in Iowa though she is still fond of the Hawkeye star

Anissa came here from Endicott NY and got a job at KDON

Bee came here from South Carolina for college, did nursing school back in South Carolina then returned here asap

Kelly is from Seattle.  His family moved to Colorado and decided to move here while spending Winter in San Diego

Laura grew up near Detroit where her family of 9 kids lived in a log cabin and owned an orchard. Visiting an uncle in LA motivated the move to CA.

Win is from Maine and still loves the state except in Winter 

Trish was born in Honolulu when her dad was in the service. She was Raised in the SoCal mountains, came North for UCSC and stayed

Dave born and raised in Nevada. He came To California for college and officer school. Nice to see him back- he is doing well

Dr Art was raised in Chicago and came here because it was too cold to ride his motorcycle 


Our guest speaker was Alexis Carr

The subject of her presentation was sustainable wine

Marcus is from a Santa Cruz farm family zand got her degree in agriculture at UCSC
 
She is an expert, connosieur and entertaining speaker. She also brought 3 bottles of Pinot noir: one from Toyon , one from Sante Arcangelli and the third , for tasting.
 
That certainly did not detract from the enthusiasm of our members
 
Each vineyard is at a different elevation. They all grow organically using sustainable ag practices.
 
She told us that in 1980 CA wines beat out French in comparison so SC mountains became own appellation. There are now several micro climates. Grape growers adapting new grape types for climate change  
She and others are studying  damage from smoke- people can taste smoke in wine
 
Not every grape gets smoke taint, it depends on many factors including where grapes were, when picked. Blanc noir is white wine from red grapes without the skins. Because smoke settles in the skin many producers opted for blanc noir after the 2020 fires.

There is now a glass shortage because much of the sand for wine bottles comes from Ukraine.
She thinks production of box wine may increase because of that and because it is much cheaper to ship because it has much less weight

Laura brought up screw capped wine.
 
Alexis said that screw tops are not indicator of quality, and one advantage of them is that the do not can’t get cork taint.

Dr Art. asked how the drought was affecting growing practices. A nexus said growers are adopting more efficient water usages.

She note that stressed roots, which have not been irrigated, reach deeper into the soul and absorb different chemicals

Alexis said that because of the 2020 smoke damage many wineries didn’t have a vintage

Most don’t have crop insurance.
 
Note from your Prez- I had a few cases where people who were only growing grapes purchased crop insurance but their fire damage claims were denied because grapes aren’t considered crops. WTH?  There was intense disagreement with the insurance companies and agents which sold useless policies 

Not endearing:  on Friday Seascape advised that they were charging us a $8 per bottle corkage fee (discounted from $15) even though Alexis opened the wine and brought the glasses and Ken poured.  It’s not so much $24 but…. And they tacked on $50 for using their projector for zoom- again a surprise 

Some of our scholarship recipients from Aptos high and Soquel high will be at our June 9 lunch at Seascape 
Our June 16 lunch is also at Seascape 
 
Will keep you posted for our June 23 meeting 

Let’s all wish Kendra a full recovery from food poisoning
 
 
 
The Hub June 2nd, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub April 28th, 2022

 
Our April 28 meeting was in the Tap Room at Michael's on Main.  We had about 25 Rotarians plus our guest speaker on site and 2 zoom attendees.
For the non-attendees- the Tap Room is very well lit and airy, high ceiling with a piano that is not subject to random confiscation by the management and a bar.
The walk from the buffet in another room is about the same as at Seascape.
Our guests were Constantine and Anders .  Supervisor Manu Koenig guested from Seascape, unclear as to why he didn't get the memo and attended the meeting physically in his supervisorial district from a venue in Zach Friend's district.

Julie and Lowry reminded all that the Pickle Ball tournament/fundraiser at Willowbrook Park is on May 22.  The suggested donation is $45 whether participating or not.  We are also offering sponsorships for $250.  We are working on the logistics for food and beverages.  Reminder- no alcohol allowed.

Lowry's birthday was April 1.  Much better to be born on April Fool's Day than conceived on it.

Dr. Art's thought for the day was a moment of silence in remembrance of Holocaust Day.  Never Forget.

Al led us in a birthday song to Lowry and the Welcome Song.  He also played some great background tunes while we were socializing before the meeting, inspiring $3 in his tip jar.

There was no joke of the day so your author has a short sub-G rated one- Why did Captain Cook cross the road?  (answer below)

Michele filled in as detective and predictably was marvelous.  The topic was Pickle Ball.  Members knew some of the answers and some myths about the sport were dispelled- good to have clarity in this era of rampant disinformation
Pickle ball was invented 1965 in the state of Washington by Joel and Bill (?) because their teenage sons were bored.  The legend that it was named after a dog named Pickles is untrue- per the inventor, he made that story up.  Because(???) Surprising (and disappointing) that such scandalous revelations have not knocked the Kardashians out of national media prominence. The original equipment consisted of a whiffle ball, ping pong paddles and a badminton net.    There was a debate about the scoring system that will apparently will not be resolved.

Our super-stand in guest speaker was Kaylene (?) who agreed to speak at the last minute when Carrie Partch was injured.  She introduced me to herself by saying "Kaylene, like 'K' and I leaned over."  Really.  It's Gaelic....and that was just the start
 


Kaylene has her PhD in chemistry and has transformed that into a career as a wine expert as a researcher and in consulting and sales.  She was fun, informative and charismatic without any slideshow, power point or even props.
Kaylene is a Santa Cruz native who developed an interest in wine well before legal drinking age but has clearly benefitted from the early start.  (She certainly looks young enough to be carded).
 Her 30 minute presentation ranged from the scientific to the practical and whimsical.  Clearly she loves her work, but then again, who wouldn't? 

Academically, she is researching ways to introduce proteins into wine that do not trigger autoimmune responses.
Professionally, she is the wine director at Deer Park and Seascape and works at a wine lab and as an assistant wine maker
Not surprisingly, she knows Anissa, whose connections are astounding.  During the presentation, Anissa, Julie and Michele sat at a table in the back engaging in an impromptu "lab" regarding the subject of the speech.  Troublemakers always sit in the back.

Kaylene explained  the chemical composition of alcohol.  It mostly ethanol alcohol which is converted from glucose and/or fructose- the residual sugar is what makes a wine sweet or dry.  The natural sugar levels are below human sensory perception but give the same feeling.  The perception of sweetness can come from sugar or the viscosity of the wine.

Wine also has acids, mostly tartaric.  Low acid wines reduce the mouth's production of saliva, are less "mouth watering." High acid wines, like champagne, cut fat. The Ph of white wines is generally around 3.2, reds are 3.5.  The Ph of saliva is 6.8-7.2, which means it is basic. 

Wines also contain phenalics; color compounds which also provide the "drying" sensation perception.

The alcohol in the wine must always be in balance with other ingredients.

Kaylene emphasized that wine selection is personal: what do you like to taste? How does it feel in your mouth? What foods are you planning to eat with it'? what is your price range?  She said, "it's not just what's in your glass and your spit."  A bit more elegantly, she said the selection should be based on how the wine in your glass interacts with your body to make you feel good. 

She noted that some wines taste like dirt and mushrooms- which has its niche clientele, but the source of those taste sensations is not understood.  She did not ask for volunteers for continued research but perhaps that could be explored.

The second highlight of the week was the Uno de Mayo party at Keith's house (please don't ask when it happened).
 
 
 
 
About 30 people attended though President Ken brought liquor for about 60.  There was great food and an abundance of liquid cheer and a good time was had by all.  As befits the duties of President which are otherwise being sorely under-served, your author made frozen daquiris, kamikazees and quarantinis, with great help from Mardi

Inadvertent tragicomedy:  Mardi was bringing a blender and the first blender at Keith's house didn't work so Ken texted Mardi as follows: "SUBJECT Blender;  Keith's died.  Hope you will be here soon."  Mardi did not see the SUBJECT, only, "Keith's died.  Hope you will be here soon."  As though Keith has passed on before his party, but we were carrying on anyway (not sure if that would be as Keith would want it and/or the Capitola Aptos Rotary sprit,  but if that happens with me, please wait to tell the coroner and party on).

Catastrophe averted: Bill and Rita Witmer were hit by a wrong way driver leaving the party but were not seriously injured.  President Ken was accused of ambulance chasing but to be fair, the ambulances were parked.

Today's lunch is at Michael's on Main again.  It is important to be there as we will be deciding whether to make that permanent.

If Manu Koenig contacts anyone, please make sure he is clear this time

See everyone there then.

To get to the Second Hand Store
 
 
 
 
 
The Hub April 28th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-05-05 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub April 21, 2022

 
Our April 20, 22 meeting was a bit lightly attended- 18 people in person, 3 on Zoom. 
 
Sam soloed on guitar and led us through the Welcome Song and 4-Way test song.
 
He repeated his double duty by also being the Joker- reading a few more unfortunately worded but real Church announcements – examples- “At the evening service tonight the sermon topic will be, “What is Hell?” come early and listen to our choir practice.”  “Irving B and Jessie C were married on October 24 in the Church.  So ends a friendship that began in their school days.”  “The 8th graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 pm.  The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.”   Reminds your author, who got his degree in journalism, of some fabulously amiss headlines: “China may be using sea to hide submarines”; “Bodies Found at Morgue”; “Feds Raid Gun Shop, Discover Weapons”;  “Tiger Woods plays with own balls, Nike says. “
 
Constantine was our only non-speaker guest- noted that he has a better attendance records than most of our members.
 
Keith invited folks to show up a bit early to the Cinco de Mayo party at his house this Sunday May 1st to help set up.  As an incentive- he promised that the bar will be open by then.
 
Bill Witmer announced that we reached 100% member contribution to the Rotary Foundation- we are one of the few clubs to do that.  Thanks to all the members and to Bill for his powers of subtle persuasion and thinly veiled threats.
 
Graham announced that several new members have not been formally inducted via their presentation to the club and receipt of their red badges.  If you are one of those folks please contact Ken or Graham.
 
Kendra reminded everyone that this Thursday’s meeting (April 26)  AND next Thursday’s meeting (May 5) will both be at Michael’s On Main in Soquel, regular start times.  If you don’t know where that is- WTH have you been?  In-person attendance is strongly urged since we will evaluating moving our meetings to Michael’s. 
 
Detective Win asked questions and provided informative information about Easter, including the origins of the Easter Bunny and colored eggs, and some disturbing statistics on the number of jelly beans and peeps Americans eat at Easter.
 
Our guest speaker was Megan Durham, a Piatt Scholarship recipient.  She is a 28 year old UCSC student who was born and raised here. She spoke and presented a slide show on her research which involves detecting cancer-causing mutations.  She does DNA sequencing to locate cell mutations at splice sites where the exons are skipped, called incorrect RNA splice sites.  Cells that skip the exons in the DNA/RNA sequencing are suspect for cancer-causing. She grows cells and observes their viability- cancer-causing cells survive much longer than normal cells.  Her research has confirmed her theory and located specific mutations that in turn can be treated with currently-available medications.
Her research is specific to lung cancer cells.  There are 2.1 million lung cancer cases reported worldwide each year, 1.8 million are eventually fatal. 
 
Megan is a very effective speaker- highly intelligent (obviously) but able to bring the discussion somewhat down to our level.  She is also very personable.  It’s obvious that the Piatt scholarship money has been well used. 
 
Megan was introduced by Dr. Peter Biehl, the dean of her department at UCSC.  Dr. Biehl spoke glowingly about education in the USA (he is originally from a small German village) and the influence of clubs like ours.  His story of being the first one from his village to graduate from high school, let alone college, was inspirational.  He was accompanied by Almut Wolf, who is the Assistant Director of Foundation Relations at UCSC.  She is also from Germany and, though she didn’t speak to the club, had some very pleasant and informative conversations at the table.  After the meeting Megan, Dr. Biehl and Ms. Wolf stayed for a bit and told us how much they actually enjoyed our club- we were so much fun, in addition to actually paying attention and asking informed questions.  Yes, we rock.
 
They suggested a field trip to their lab, which seems like a great idea.
 
Please respond to the head count!
 
See everyone at Michael’s (2591 S Main St, Soquel, CA 95073) Thursday and Keith’s on Sunday!
 
The Hub April 21, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-04-27 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub April 14th, 2022

 
Our April 14 meeting was attended by 22 people in person and 3 on zoom

Announcements:  the Club's Cinco de May on Uno de Mayo is at Keith's house- parking is tight, bring a dish to share.  Guests are welcome and encouraged.  If you haven’t signed up please do so asap so Keith can plan accordingly.

The club Pickle ball fundraising tournament will be at Willowbrook Park on May 22 from 9-5.  The donation is $45.  We get the courts and adjacent parts of the park so it will be a great day even for the non-players and of course a nice revenue raiser for our charities.   Leashed pets are allowed.

We will be selling beer and probably hard seltzer and wine at the  4th of July party in Aptos Park.  We will need volunteers to help set up, serve/pour and break down. 

Lowry reported that he visited the Kingston NY Rotary and exchanged banners with them.  He had one of theirs but no other proof of his story, which is suspect given the photo attached.
For Revolutionary War buffs- the British burned Kingston in retaliation/anger over the battle of Saratoga.

Michele announced that there will be a fundraising opportunity for the roast of Willy Elliot-McRea, the retiring CEO of Second Harvest, probably in the Fall.

After a brief pause to get in tune, Sam and Al led rousing versions of the Welcome Song and the 4 Way Test.

Sam's Jokes of the Day were readings of several actual announcements sent out by Church service groups with unintentionally funny word juxtaposition that made the messages mean something quite different than the authors intended.  Lack of editing.....

Graham did a great job as Detective with educational and entertaining questions with differing degrees of relationship to Easter, including references to Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter, the Killer Rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Alice and Wonderland's White Rabbit.

President Ken presented Al DeCamara and Bill Gray with their Paul Harris certificates and pins.

Rod Dirdiron was our guest speaker, via Zoom. 
Mr. Dirdiron had been the chair of many transit projects in Bay Area, has held several political offices and has the San Jose transportation hub named after him.
He has been a Rotarian for over 50 years and is now actively involved in Rotary's Climate Action Council.  Climate action has become Rotary's seventh Avenue of Service.  He urged the club to appoint a delegate to the disctrict's council on climate change which meets Mondays at 5pm.  Volunteers?

After a technical glitch heroically solved by Nelson, Mr. Dirdiron presented a series of slides via power point accompanied by his oral explanations and information on climate change.

Some of the highlights of the presentation:
There have been 5 mass extinctions from carbon buildup, some scientists say we are headed to 6th mass extinction if changes are not implemented by 2030.
Samples from the polar icepack and Greenland ice pack show that CO2 concentrations are the highest they have been in 800,000 years.
Per many agencies, including the UN, NOA and NASA, climate change is caused by humans and will be Irreversible if not addressed asap.  The planet's temperature has risen 2 degrees in the past 70 years, which coincides with the increase in global use of fossil fuels.  The last 4 years have been the hottest in recorded history. The UN has issued a code red State of Emergency for the planet because of the effects of climate change.

There is opposition to efforts to get away from reliance on fossil fuels from oil and coal companies.

38 per cent of CO2 in Calif is from transportation- 20 per cent from industry, small amounts from agriculture.

Populations at the equator are moving because of climate change.

We are seeing the beginning of planet-wide disruption in food production and supply, water shortages and unexpected epidemics.
Ocean warming is causing more water vapor and weather extremes;
A polar ice melt could increase ocean heights by 60 feet 

The solution is a  rapid switch to alternative energy; transform power grids; abandon carbon based energy sources worldwide.

Lowry asked about carbon tax: Mr. Dirdiron said it was a great idea but has been-blocked by Republicans and Democratic Senators, Sinema and Manchin
He added that President Biden's Build Back Better bill has not passed yet

On the local level:
Dr Art asked about the claim by Yes on D (Greenway) that rails in place are not suitable.  Mr. Dirdiron is a backer of No on D. He said that rail scrappers and oil companies are committing subterfuge.
He also said that federal grant money is available for rail projects like the one proposed here.

This Thursday's lunch is at Seascape.  April 28 and May 5 will be at Michael's on Main.  PLEASE respond to the RSVPs for lunch.
 
 
Here are some other highlights, we received a letter from Walnut Avenue, we are glad we can Serve to Change Lives! We are bringing you also the magic around the Nisene Marks hike with some photos as well as the participation of Lowry in a golf tournament, we are proud of you all!
See everyone on 4/21!
 
 


 
 
Letter from Walnut Avenue
 
 
Lowry Fenton
 
 
Nisene Marks Hike 
 
I am Groot
 
 
Banana Slug
 
 
This grove of about 40 trees corkscrews so they were never logged 
 
 
The Hub April 14th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub April 7th, 2022

 
Our April 7 meeting at Seascape had 28 attendees in person and 3 on zoom. 
Constantine was a non-surprise guest and during the pre-meeting social got chatted up into having an event at his Bed and Breakfast which is near the Boardwalk- looks like that will be in June.
 
Al keyboarded us in the Welcome Song I n his inimitable style, but- we miss Sam’s accompanying guitar.
 
Dr. Art’s thought for the day hit home- “You know your age when you sit on the floor and can’t get up”
 
Announcements: Keith reminded everyone that his Cinco de Mayo party is on Uno de Mayo at his house.  Every event at Keith’s house is a great time.  He passed around the signup sheet.  Guests are welcome and encouraged.  Parking is tight so car-pooling is encouraged.
 
Dagmar reported on the beach cleanup- a comparatively small turnout was attributed to the 9am start time (usually 10 am) so the next one will start at 10 am.  The small but mighty crew picked up 17 lbs. of trash including over 150 cigarette butts and a bunch of recyclables.  The event saw the debut of Rotary capes which appear to confer superhero powers on the wearers.  Michele and Kunha looked like Supergirl and Wonder Woman.
 
Win announced the non-denominational concert at his church which is raising money for Ukraine.
 
Dr. Art was honored with a Paul Harris Award certificate recognizing his incredibly generous donations.
 
He then was the detective and asked members to name a Black author and/or a book written by a Black author.  The club members did pretty well- Oprah, the Obamas, Dr. King, James Baldwin, and a few members knew authors and books that Dr. Art didn’t know about. 
 
Don’t even want to mention Rich’s answer… accurate but…..
 
Our guest was Jack Brown who spoke on behalf of Yes on Greenway.  Jack had a slide show and an oral presentation and took questions from the members, and there was some discussion among the members.  Hoyles Rules were not strictly followed.
 
Highlights of Jack’s presentation:
The proposed  pedestrian/bike trail will be paid for by existing funds from proposition D.  The proposed railway would cost millions of dollars.
 
The existing rails cannot carry any trains other than 5-10 mph freight, and freight traffic is minimal since the Davenport cement plant closed.  The measure would probably result in the existing tracks being torn up.
 
The rail trail runs from Watsonville to the San Lorenzo bridge just South of the Boardwalk, it is 32 miles.  It does not impact Big Trees/Roaring Camp’s line.
Rail Banking maintains the status of the land so that future rail use is not forfeited.
 
If passed, the proposition would amend the current county plan from the current focus on developing a passenger rail line from Watsonville to Los Gatos, to prioritizing the trail.
 
RTC surveys in 2016 showed only 300 riders would use the service.  Michele Bassi noted that neither she, nor anyone else she knew in Watsonville, had been contacted and there was very little information circulated to Watsonvillians.
 
Laura questioned the wisdom of dismantling the existing alternative infrastructure to Hwy 1, especially given the daily traffic jams.
 
Kelly noted the great expense of maintaining/repairing the deteriorating trestles.
 
Doug pointed out that all commuter train systems are heavily subsidized, the fares do not fully pay for construction and maintenance.
Jack said one problem with the proposed passenger train is that it would require riders to drive or otherwise make their way to the train stations, ride in with stops along the way, then find another way to get to their destination.
 
Anissa won the raffle in her leopard print dress.
 
Actual Cinco de Mayo is Thursday (do we have to say May 5?) and that lunch, as well as 4/28, will be at Michael’s on Main.
(May 4th is Star Wars Day….if you don’t know why, say the date slowly).
 
PLEASE fill out the RSVPs for the lunches, even for Michael’s on Main.  Every restaurant that we contacted (about 12) said they would require it and the area presidents who are looking for new places also report that head counts are required.  Kendra has made the form as easy as possible and if we don’t get accurate head counts we will either be paying for meals that go uneaten (no doggie bags allowed for buffets, per state law) or we will be short of food- as happened this past Thursday.
 
See everyone at Seascape on April 14!
 
 
 
The Hub April 7th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub March 31st, 2022

 
Our meeting on March 31 had 30 in-person attendees and a few more on zoom. 
Constantin was there and we also welcomed back Anders from Sweden

Al and Sam rocked the Welcome song and 4 way test- Al brought a keyboard which sounded great.   Unnamed sources report that someone in our club asked someone at Seascape that the piano not be brought in?  if anyone knows about this please contact Pres. Ken.

The lyrics to the 4 way test are being shown on the screen and the chorus remains a bit uncertain.  The consensus is that we will sing the letters I-N-T-L. 

Dr Art gave another timely thought for the day: people who complain about the high cost of gasoline should look at the Seascape parking lot (overflowing-there was a convention.)

Julie was the detective and the topic was the Oscars.  Slapping instead of fines was determined to violate the 4 way test. 
The questions avoided the mundane and predicatables like Best Actor, Best Picture, Most Supplicant to Hollywood.
A few more memorables- Walt Disney won the most Oscars; John Williams has been nominated for 52 and won 5; Cinderella won the award for best picture before the "Best Animated" category was created; and the award for Best Juvenile Performance did not depend on gender. 
 One trend to Julie's questions- the answers to true/false's were almost all false- something to bear in mind for her next stint.

Dagmar gave the final push for the Beach Cleanup at Rio Del Mar which again was well-attended.  The volunteers wore Rotary capes and apparently got to choose their own super-power while serving the common good.

Our guest speaker was Aisha Chavres who spoke about Ramadan. Her presentation and slide show were very informative and educational.  Aisha is very involved in local charities and services and, like her friend Anissa, is engaging and fun.  She confessed a big affinity for caffeine, which is related to one of Annisa's liquid affinities....

Ramadan is Islam's holy month.  Islam uses the lunar calendar, which is 28-29 days and Ramadan starts at the first sighting of the moon on the first day, which makes the start a bit variable.
The focus of Ramadan is on reflection on one's life and faith, family, charity, and the Qaran.
Appropriate greetings are "Ramadan Kareem," "Ramadan Mubarak" or if one can't remember those words, "Happy Ramadan."
Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset (actually first light to sunset) during the month, and yes, they don't drink water either, which explains t-shirts you might see reading "Yes, Water too."
That long period of no food also explains commercials in Muslim countries showing people alternately staring at the doors of KFC and the horizon as the sun sets.
Allowances are made for Muslims living far North or South- they can choose an appropriate site within the time zone, and exceptions are made for breast feeding, illness and medicine. People are expected to work though a reduced workday is common.

Dr. Art mentioned that when he was in Bangladesh, Muslims were spitting during Ramadan because they viewed swallowing saliva as impermissible.  Aisha commented that there were many examples of rules or behaviors that were "extreme" and culturally-based, not required by the Qaran.
 
Next Thursday's guest is Jack Brown, representing YES to Greenway. Looking forward to hearing this side.

See everyone on April 7!
 
 
The Hub March 31st, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-04-04 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub March 24th, 2022

 
 
 
We had our second in-awhile in-person meeting at Seascape on March 24.
 
Kudos to President elect Kendra for filling in for President in-trial prep purgatory Ken.
 
 
We had 2 visiting Rotarians:
 
Debbie Kline from Sunnyvale Rotary promoted their golf tournament fundraiser which benefits a bunch of worthy programs. (see attached for details).  There was a certain irony because some of our golf-addict members have been getting their 18 hole fix instead of attending our meetings.  Debbie said that they are looking to get sponsors for holes to honor Rotarians who have passed away.  (No, they are not burying people on the golf course).
 
Cynthia from Los Altos Club was promoting the Big Brothers Big Sisters Santa Cruz County Bowl A Thon April 23-24 (see attached).  Stan Abrams is an admitted bowler- anyone else?  
 
We had 2 guests.
Jeff Ursino, a former member of our club who moved to a Monterey club brought Raul Palicio. He is the new Manager for Mechanics Bank in Capitola.
 
Our adopted son Constantine was with us and shared that we are his favorite club to visit… bet he says that to all the clubs. 😊
 
Sam’s thought for the day…..knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit…wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. Genius!!
 
Membership Monday is coming back…no details yet….but keep on the lookout for an email.  Suggestions for itinerary and location must involve humor and alcohol.
 
It was Mardi’s birthday….we did a terrible job of singing to her. 
 
Uno De Mayo at Keiths!!!!! May 1st at 4:00….please bring a dish to share. Please RSVP to Keith on his home phone….yes, people still have those…
831-662-0520. If he doesn’t answer….please let a message with name and number of people joining.
PLEASE CAR POOL!!!!
 
Beach Cleanup at Rio del Mar this Saturday morning April 2. !!!  Dagmar has sent an email- please register and attend-great fun and a great purpose.
 
Nelson was detective…lots of history related facts that we all failed at…. 😊
 
Our Speaker was Matt Ferrel from No Way Greenway.  To balance, we are having a rep from Yes on Greenway in the next few weeks. 
 
Here are a few of his points:
 
  • Less expensive homes in south county and jobs in north county has caused the pile up on Highway 1. The poorest members of our community are the ones that are effected the most.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental factors effect our climate
  • Solution – Santa Cruz branch line.
  • Corridor runs 23 miles long and half the population lives within a mile of the rail line
  • 60% of the trails are already under way.
  • Voters already approved this by a 67% vote in 2016
  • Railbanking will remove the tracks with no chance of getting them back
  • The people that are “pro” Measure D want you to think this is a “pro” environment but it is not…easing up the traffic on Highway 1 is “pro” environment
  • His message – Please vote NO on Measure D
  • Measure D will be on the ballot on June 17th. It is to establish trail only corridor from tressels to Lee Road in Watsonville
  • Plan was always to build trail first because we had the funding for it. The rail would come later
  • Doug asked about where the stations would be…where does he park and how does he get somewhere in downtown SC….answer was…walk or bus. Stations in mid county have not all been identified yet
  • Julie asked…Santa Clara is considering stopping their rail service due to lower ridership…how would we handle this. Answer was…this is due to the pandemic and he didn’t know what San Jose was going to do…he assumes federal money.
  • It was mentioned that BART system is losing money even prior to COVID…people don’t like to get on buses…has there been a study of how many people will use our rail line? Matt said BART is successful and gave a story about Boardwalk employees regarding survey.
  • Kelly – no room on corridor for parking lots….why not have a light rail along Highway 1? – Voters voted that down years ago.
  • Kendra confirmed – No on D – nothing happens. Yes on D – big bike path only
  • Graham – how much is it going to cost – if you have to ask…you can’t afford it. 😊 kidding….Matt said…money will come from state and fed through regional transportation. Cost is about a billion over 20 years. It would come from a sales tax. A ride would be $6 each way.
  • Laura – if rail gets ripped out it is over…no chance ever of a train.
Raffle winner was Rich…but he left early….so sad… 😊
 
See everyone at Seascape!
 
 
The Hub March 24th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-03-24 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub February 24th, 2022

 
 
Our February 24 meeting  was by zoom and was well attended for zoom-only.
 
Thursday’s lunch is our Speech contest - also only zoom. March 10 will likely be zoom as well, though after that we will probably be able to return to in-person lunches at Seascape.
 
Trish announced that we have 2 RYLA applicants and that the interviews are starting- but given that we have 2 slots and 2 candidates…
 
Dr. Art is attending a Rotary district task force next week regarding getting back to in person meetings- he will report on the discussions/recommendations.  Meanwhile-the County has eased mask mandates and the infection rates are dropping significantly, though covid-deaths have not dropped as much.
 
Laura announced that  Win and Eileen hosted another pickle ball gathering: 18 people at Win and Eileen’s house- much fun was had and we are looking towards doing a pickle ball fund raiser.
Pickleball ladies
Dr. Art gave the thought for the day : Familiarity breeds contempt and children
Ken - told a PG joke about paternal confusion.
 
Trish did the Detecting for Candy.  The timely topic was Presidents’ Day and presidents.  Among other things we learned:
Washington has 2 birthdays because of the switch from Julian to Gregorian calendars
The oldest living President is Jimmy Carter, who is also the longest-lived President- Becky knew both of those- gold star and $10 fine;
 
The state of Alabama celebrates Washington and Jefferson Day, not Lincoln (Jefferson Davis?)
 
Delaware doesn’t recognize either day; though it was the first state.
 
We have received the Press release from County Park Friends
 
Photo identifications from left to right: Dr. Arthur Dover, Michele Bassi, President Ken Gorman of Capitola-Aptos Rotary;  Board Chair Terry Corwin and Executive Director Mariah Roberts of County Park Friends.
 
Our speaker was Win - who gave a great show on the trip he and Eileen took to Peru and Ecuador last month as part of a group.
His photos of Lima showed  varied neighborhoods and conditions of infrastructure;
The  Spanish converted buildings for Christianity
The food was incredible and creatively presented
 
Lima gets 2” a year, water from Andes
Cusco gets 6”- water from Andes
 
They went from Cusco to the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu and had great photos of all of the sites
 
Win tried coca leaf- not impressed though he did run from the sampling site to Machu Picchu and back
They also tried Corn beer, strawberry/corn beer, the latter being much tastier; they had a special meal where the featured dish was a  whole guinea pig.  The host family’s 4 year old ate the head and brains ( zombie boy?)
Though most of the residences were drab outside they were colorful inside, and the host family’s 13 year old had modern clothes and a flat screen tv.
 
They took the 90 minute, bathroom-less train to Machu Picchu because the only other option was 4 days on Inca trail
 
They showed photos taken when the site was “discovered” in 1911,  all overgrown with 300 years of vegetation, a comparison photo  in 1977 when the wood was cleared, and a recent photo showing the vegetation cleared.
 
Machu Picchu gets 77” of rain a year
 
It now gets 5,000 visitors a day and the Machu Picchu Pueblo village has grown up there
 
They stayed at a 5 star hotel- Inkaterra- in the rain forest-very clean
 
3 rivers through the town
 
Peru grows a lot of crops- much corn
 
After Inca country they went to the Galapagos on a 4 day boat tour- large boat that looked very well appointed. Santa Cruz Island had giant tortoises- one side is dry, only 2” rain a year  with volcanic rock, sand and, cactus- the other side is dry.
 
They showed the turtle egg laying area, 1 out of 1,000 turtles actually make it from the nest to the water. 
 
Prostitution is legal in Ecuador- and the group tour got a presentation.  No indication if any of the prostitutes were Rotarians.  (Are they in Nevada)
 
There was a Sundial on the equator.
 
 
On Saturday 2/26 President Ken hosted about 15 Rotarians and guests on a 2 mile tour of Nisene Marks park starting on the Aptos Creek trail.  The weather was great.  There were 2 minor falls but no injuries.  The re-hydration gathering on Ken’s front lawn afterwards garnered $450 in donations.
 
There will be another tour this Sunday, starting at 10 am, again from Ken’s house at 365 Danube Drive.  This hike will be about 4 miles and is more challenging- some steeper areas and more tripping hazards. It will go through the forest floor and highlights will be the Old Growth grove and the Twisted Grove. 6 people have signed up- anyone else interested please tell Ken asap.
 
See everyone Thursday for the Speech Contest!
 
 
 
The Hub February 24th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

The Hub February 17th, 2022

 
 
Dear Members:
 
Our February 17 zoom meeting had about 20 attendees.
 
Dr. Art combined his thought for the day and joke, maybe he should publish his words of wisdom?
 
Dr. Art also contributed $50,000 in our club’s name to Willowbrook Park- incredibly generous!  Thank you Dr. Art!  We hope to have a photo shoot for it by the time you get this.
 
Matt was the designated detective but had to go out of town so he prepared a funny and educational set of questions in a Price is Right format that combined Olympics and Rotary.  Very creative Matt!  Trish read handled the proceeding and it was great fun.
 
Becky announced that the 18 warming bundles our members donated were distributed to the homeless in downtown Santa Cruz.  Thanks to Becky for putting that together and to all the members who contributed.
 
 
 
The speech contest is March 3.  Thanks to Lowry and Dough for all their work in setting it up.
 
Tomorrow’s lunch will be on line and it is likely that so will the March 3 speech contest.  While we  are hoping to resume in-person and hybrid meetings asap the health/safety situation still weighs against it. Though the face mask mandates have been lifted face masks are still recommended and, more significantly, the covid infection numbers are not significantly dropping yet.  In the area president’s meeting the club presidents said 4 of their clubs were zoom only, 2 were hybrid.
 
There was much discussion in that meeting about trying to find alternate sites for lunches and the other clubs have had the same experiences we have- very few places can accommodate that many people in a private room; lack of parking and lunch and room fees that are the same or higher than the current arrangements.
Also Julie’s invoices are going out and she is just destroying those Q3 billing records! C no nnect with her if you have any questions. Jlambert@lcsllc.biz 


 
Our guest speaker was Ron Duncan from Soquel Creek Water District.  Ron and his staff put on a highly educational and informative presentation about the status and future of SCWD, focusing on the efforts to slow and counter salt water intrusion into the aquifers and wells and the Safe Water project which is under construction and will recycle water.  The extent of groundwater intrusion on the coast was mapped by a Danish company with new technology a few years ago.  It shows saltwater migrating inland at various rates and to various extents on the central coast, but virtually all water supplies are at risk.  After about a decade of debates as to how best to augment the water supply, SCWD decided on recycling as opposed to desalination and new dams as the most cost-effective.  Though rates will increase, SCWD got a large grant and a large low-interest loan to finance the construction, and the alternative would be a water shortage and much higher expenses to import water.  The presentation was followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with our highly informed members. Ron complimented our members on their insightful questions- he obviously enjoyed getting to answer inquiries from folks who were paying attention and understood issues.
 
  
 
 
President Ken is leading a tour of Nisene Marks Park from his house in Vienna Woods this Saturday at 9am.  The walk/hike will be about 2 miles.  4 people have confirmed- there is room for about 10 total.  Anyone interested please let Ken know asap.  His address is 365 Danube Drive Aptos, in Vienna Woods, up the hill behind Cabrillo College.   There is free parking in the neighborhood.  There will be a rehydration social in Ken’s front yard afterwards.  Donations are encouraged.
 
There will be another hike on Sunday, March 6, about 4 miles, some more challenging terrain, same start time, probably 2 hours.
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!
 
President Ken
 
 
The Hub February 17th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

The Hub February 10th, 2022

 
 
 
Attendance. Our February 10 meeting was well attended for Zoom – 21 Rotarians plus our speaker. 
 
Warming Kits. Becky announced that she is assembling “warming kits” for unhoused people in Santa Cruz. She is doing this in cooperation with Downtown Streets, the nonprofit that was the subject of our October 21 presentation by Jocelyn Curran. Around 18 members have contributed to the effort. The kits were distributed on Wednesday.
 
Our Little Rituals. Dr. Art again combined his thought for the day and joke: "A pretty face is not a passport, it is a visa that runs out fast." Kate was the detective. She questioned the members’ knowledge of dates and events in February.  Her repertoire was limited a bit by last week’s Valentine’s Day questions, but she did a great job of educating us and raising money through fines.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker Robin Nardello. Our speaker was Robin Nardello, Community Relations Manager for New Leaf Markets and New Seasons Markets.  Robin spoke and showed photos and graphics of the extensive community assistance programs that New Leaf and New Seasons support.  The list is too long to repeat, but it includes Food Pantry Support, Grazing on the Greens, Lend a Hand Volunteers, Teen Kitchen Project, and Envirotokens—programs that they manage directly in addition to their support for dozens of local organizations.  New Leaf and New Seasons have 3 Tents of Giving: addressing hunger, helping the environment, and K-12 education.  Among other accomplishments, they have saved the environment from more than 11 million bags and raised over $1 million for the programs they support.  One way they raise funds is by donating proceeds from sales.  For example, 1% of their sales from their Anniversary Beer is donated to Ocean Ecoles, and 1% of the sales from their Bloom line products goes to Teen Kitchen Project.
 
 
Anissa noted that New Leaf/New Seasons has contributed $32,000 to Walnut Avenue Shelter.  Matt Wettstein thanked Robin for her businesses’ support and partnership in addressing food insecurity, which remains prevalent in the student community.
 
Nisene Marks Events. President Ken is going to lead 2 social event tours of The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park on the less-travelled trails that are accessible from his Vienna Woods neighborhood.  1 tour will be about an hour, 1-2 miles, with some slopes.  The date for that is tentatively February, Saturday 26, 10 a.m. start.
The second hike would be more challenging—about 4 miles, a few steep areas, and roots; plan on 2 hours.  That date is March 6, also 10 a.m.-ish.
Rainout dates are March 12 and 13.
There is free parking in the neighborhood.
These are social events, not fundraisers, because the Parks Department requires a $300 permit plus admin fees of up to $100 if we charge. There will be re-hydration at Ken’s house afterwards. Donations to Rotary are encouraged there.
Signups are limited to ten people- please respond to Ken asap.
 
In Person Meetings? We are monitoring the County mask guidelines to assess when we can safely return to in person lunches.  The District Governor has convened a meeting re covid protocols on Wednesday, February 23 for discussion.
 
 
 
The Hub February 10th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-02-16 08:00:00Z 0

The Hub January 27th, 2022

 
 
Dear Club Members:
 
Our January 27 zoom meeting was comparatively well attended.  Thanks to Al for his efforts on/as the Sunshine committee.  Nice to see Dr. Art and Keith on zoom.  We could use a few more folks reaching out to some of our zoom-hindered members and offering assistance.
 
Candace Sy. Laura brought a guest, Candace Sy, who we hope will consider joining our club.
 
 
 
Symphony Event. Kate announced that the Santa Cruz Symphony will be holding an event on Feb. 11 at Margaritaville, tickets are $35 for symphony members, $40 for non-members.  A nice chance to get a preview in a small venue.
 
Cocktail Fundraiser. Pres. Ken asked for a show of hands of folks who would like to attend a virtual cocktail-mixing lesson and fundraiser and a few folks seemed interested.  The idea is that a box of ingredients- at this gestational stage thought to be a pint of vodka, a pint of rum, a few splits of champagne or prosecco and a few juices- would be purchased in advance for pickup/delivery.  For the price of that and an exorbitant donation for a charity to be determined, Pres Ken would then show how to make 4-5 cocktails, that only require a shaker and a bonus one that requires a blender. Keith volunteered his house/back yard which of course is  much better logistically.  The downside is that folks should not be drinking 4-5 cocktails in an hour then driving.  No, this is not a marketing ploy for Ken’s DUI services.  Please contact Ken if you are interested.
 
Pickle Ball Tourney. Also, spearheaded by Laura and Lowry, we are looking at a fundraising pickle ball tournament.  We are looking for locations that would give us a discount or be free.  Anyone interested in the tournament of pickle ball lessons contact Laura.
 
District Fundraiser for Afghans. The district is organizing fundraising for Afghan refugees.  We are waiting for more details. 
 
Dagmar the Detective. Dagmar was the detective.  Her theme was history, including a few questions about retiring SCOTUS Justice Breyer.  Though perhaps  not as entertaining as her debut as detective, very well done.
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker Joy Flynn. Our guest speaker was Joy Flynn Wall.  Joy is a local woman with a remarkable commitment to activism and charities.  Some of her work: she led the first peaceful response in the County to the George Floyd murder, she is an advisor to the County Criminal Justice Council, a member of the County’s Commission on AntiRacism, Equity and Social Justice Circle, she is a friend of Walnut Ave. Family and Women’s Center and the regional Jefferson Award winner.  She also has a great connection to Rotary- she worked in the events planning office at Seascape golf club house  (office on the left just before the front doors) and knew several of our members.
 
Joy spoke of her childhood-raised in Corralitos and her military family, which imbued in her a profound commitment to community service.  Her father, a US Army major, was also a Rotarian. She related her ideals to Rotary’s like this: “service is what we were put here to do.”  Joy also spoke about her challenges as a domestic abuse survivor and experience with food insecurity as a young mother here in Santa Cruz County.  She observed that people can’t dream of success if they are worrying where there next meal is.  She spoke of the ongoing disparity between income between white people and people of color and her work to eliminate bias in access to fundamental services such as health care.  
 
Joy’s presentation was succinct and moving, and received with great appreciation by members.   There was a consensus if not unanimous opinion that Joy should be a club member.  Michele led that but also commented that she knows Joy might be too busy.  If Michele Bassi says someone else is too busy, take that seriously.
 
Zoom For Now. We will continue to meet on Zoom until medical advice and county regulations allow us to meet in person again.
 
See everyone this Thursday!
 
 
 
The Hub January 27th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-02-02 08:00:00Z 0

The Hub January 20th, 2022

 
 
Our 3d meeting of the year on January 20 was zoom attended by about 20 Rotarians. 
Lowry announced that our speech contest will be March 3 at Seascape and will be hybrid.  Doug worked out a deal with Seascape where attendees can order off the menu.  The District contest will be March 8.
 
Sue Lawson was asked on behalf of Freedom Rotary if our club would send a letter supporting the application of an Iranian for refugee status in Turkey to avoid deportation to Iran where there is a fear of condemnation because he had converted to Christianity  The request is from Ashley Winn, a member of the La Selva Beach Community Church, which wrote a letter in support.  Our members who weighed in on it supported the effort for its humanitarianism but there are questions as to whether or not it is a political activity which Rotary prohibits.  Pres. Ken raised it at the area President’s meeting and was referred to RI. 
 
Our club sent a group of students to Tonga in 2004, which also has a Rotary club.  Dave Campbell wrote an article that Mardi sent out on Club Runner.  We are trying to see if there is any way for our club or the area to send support to Tonga through Rotary connections.
 
Rotary International sent an email (not clear to whom but eventually found its way to some Area Presidents) advising that RI has been contacted by the White House Coordinator for Operations Allies Welcome to participate in programs for aiding Afghan refugee families that are settling in the USA.  Pres. Ken completed the survey asking for more information before taking any additional steps.  Members are invited to check out “Operation Allies Welcome”  and email Ken/the board on their thoughts. The Area presidents are considering pooling resources if enough clubs agree.
 
Pres. Ken doubled as detective.  One set of questions was asking members to complete quotes by Dr. King in honor of his day.  Another set of questions was about some historical facts about Rotary.  Highlights were members’  ability to complete some of Dr. King’s quotes and knowing the names of astronauts and US presidents who were Rotarians. Bonus points to Dr. Art for knowing that Rotary’s first service project was public toilets in Chicago in 1917.  Don’t say it…flushed with pride?
 
Our speakers were Deidre Hamilton and Laura Sutherland who own a company called Talk Bubbly To Me.  Not surprisingly, their topic was sparkling wine.  Their presentation was engaging and educational, as they explained the processes and differences in sparkling wines, the different grapes used, regional/national names, qualities and  bottling.  The event was frustrating because they were sampling champagnes while the rest of us licked our lips and soothed parched throats with something far less satisfying.  There is great support for a champagne tasting fund raiser.  Sgt at Arms Craig B’s suggestion that attendees get Continuing Education Credit was approved by unanimous consent.  Question- will there be a lab?  Extra credit?
 
 
Members probably remember that Deidre Hamilton also gave a great presentation to our club on Kwanzaa- a true Renaissance woman.
 
It was nice to see Anissa who claims she had covid for her 50th birthday.  That is difficult to believe because there is no way she is 50….
 
Bonus info- Flushed With Pride is the name of the biography of Thomas Crapper.  Really.  He didn’t invent the flush toilet but did invent the float in the tank and had a line of plumbing devices in the UK. 
 
 
The Hub January 20th, 2022 Ken Gorman 2022-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Tonga and Capitola Aptos Rotary Club

A little history of Tonga and Capitola Aptos Rotary Club
By David Campbell
 
Last weekend Santa Cruz appeared on our TV news coverage of the tsunami that was triggered by a volcanic eruption in Tonga.  The coverage included a story about the tsunami hitting the Santa Cruz marina. This prompted me to contact our webmaster Mardi Padilla with just a bit of Capitola-Aptos Rotary history that you might find interesting which connects our Capitola Aptos Rotary Club with Tonga. 
 
Many members of the club will remember that in 2004 a team of twelve Aptos High School Interactors went to Tonga to carry out a hands-on service project.  They spent a week in there, where they set up a computer lab at St Andrews High School located in the capital city of Nukuʻalofa.  As always, Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club was actively involved.  The club was instrumental in acquiring about 15 computers which the Interactors and adult chaperones carried as their 2nd piece of baggage (in the good old days when you were allowed 2 bags).  And the club was very active in supporting the Interactor’s fundraising efforts to get the team to Tonga. 
 
Not only did the Interactors set up the computers, but they spent much of their time painting the classroom that was designated for the computer lab.  These were the first computers in the school.   The project co-ordinator at St Andrews High School was a super Peace Corps volunteer named Todd Hicks. 
 
Further, the trip provided a significant cultural experience for the Aptos HS Interactors.  They truly “interacted” with the Tongan culture in many ways.  But the most significant cultural experience probably occurred when the team split up, with each girl spending a weekend in the home of a St Andrews student. 
 
 
The Tonga project received the D5170 “Interact Project of the Year” award, and the “Interactor of the Year” award went to Annemarie Estess (in the pink top in photo #3)
 
As to the current situation in Tonga, you probably know as much as I do.  There is very little news coming out of Tonga because the only undersea fiber cable to the country was cut by the volcanic eruption.  This cut off all communication except for a trickle of contact via satellite.  But we do know that the damage was extensive with many coastal villages destroyed and widespread flooding and major damage to the infrastructure, and a critical shortage of drinking water.  Fortunately, it appears that there was little loss of life… only 3 confirmed so far.  NZ has dispatched an Air Force surveillance plane which confirmed the extent of the destruction, but they could not land because the airport runway is covered with thick ash.  Another NZ plane was dispatched with emergency supplies, and the NZ Navy was sending a ship which has a much larger capacity for relief supplies. 
 
The volcano was on an uninhabited island 20 miles from the main island.  But the tsunami hit several small nearby islands as well as the main island of Tongatapu where the capital is located.  St. Andrews High School is located some distance from the seafront, so the school might have escaped major damage… but it’s only a guess. I know flooding occurred widely in Nukuʻalofa.
 
I’m sure there are several 30-something Aptos High graduates whose thoughts today are with the people of Tonga.
 
Finally, one last tidbit for fun that will make you a Tonga expert.  The name of the country is mispronounced by almost everyone in the US.  There is no hard “g” in “Tonga”.  The “g” is soft… as in song or long.  So, Tonga is pronounced “Tong-ah” with only one soft “g”
 
 
Tonga and Capitola Aptos Rotary Club David Campbell 2022-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

The Hub Thursday 13th

 
Our second meeting of 2022 was also our club assembly.  We met via zoom and had  about 20  attendees.  It was especially nice to see Claire and Rich McAdams (I still reflexively call him “Your Honor”).
Keeping with the theme of the assembly Detective Karen crafted a series of questions about Rotary and its history.  One of the highlights was Rotary’s long reluctance to admit women and our club’s role in breaking that barrier
 
The District mailed Paul Harris awards to Bill Gray, Jimmy Kutch, Sam Knight and Pres. Ken.  Since we don’t know when we will be able to present them in person let’s give a virtual thank you.
 
 
Because of the Club Assembly we did not have a guest speaker.
Several members gave presentations.  Pam and Al spoke of some of the highlights of our club’s history.  It might be disputed, but we may have been the first club to admit women and not have our charter revoked.  Dr. Art spoke about the development and success of Polio Plus as probably the most important factor in the near-eradication of polio worldwide in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Bill Witmer talked about the Rotary Foundation’s good works and our club’s outstanding record as near 100% contributions. (Those few holdouts may be subjected to East-Coast style collection methods).  Co-President Elect Laura extolled the virtues of RotaCare and its provision of health care services in the County.  Dagmar advised of our adoption of Rio Del Mar Beach and Dr. Art’s role in getting a nice banner there- we may have 4 beach cleanups this year.  Lowry and Doug continue to navigate the logistics of the speech contest in covid times and with requirements by the district.  We are tentatively set for Feb. 17 and the options are in-person (unlikely?) all zoom (not preferred) or hybrid (seems to be the most probable).  Thanks for all your work on this gents.
 
There was a discussion about fund raising projects during covid, which keeps thwarting our efforts for in-person events.  Dagmar also raised the same concerns for increasing members and increasing the participation of our existing members.   Eric pointed out that when he joined the club there were 80 members, we are now down to 50 though the population of the county has increased.  Members are encouraged to make suggestions for both.  Mardi was able to obtain a $900 award from the district for her plans for membership recruitment.  Well done Mardi!
 
CoPE Laura suggested a Pickle ball tournament. 
When covid allows Ken will be visiting local businesses in person and welcomes suggestions as to businesses members have connections with.
Dr. Art has suggested that members contact a few professionals or business owners they know and let them know about who we are and what we do.
 
Doug suggested the formation of a “Visioning Committee” to discuss and ultimately implement a plan for the club’s short and long term goals for membership, fundraising and service projects.  Anyone interested in working on and/opr being a member of the committee should contact Doug.
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday- same regular zoom link.
 
 
 
The Hub Thursday 13th Ken Gorman 2022-01-17 08:00:00Z 0

The Hub January 7th

 
 
 
Lowry has been moving forward with the speech contest and advising the contestants that the Feb. 17 date may not be in person and may be postponed.  Other clubs have gone to zoom competitions which remains an option.  Lowry and Doug D are weighing various factors including what the contestants want to do.
 
The nominated detective was unable to attend by Zoom so Trish donated $50 in fines which Al matched.  Much thanks to them both.
 
Michele announced that we needed to take down our holiday display, apparently ours was the last one standing.  We are taking the position that it was last one up because it was the best.  A crew of volunteers met at the fairgrounds, blessed with fair weather, and removed the display. Kelly, Lowry, Al. Julie, Trish, Art, Kendra, Michele, Laura and her granddaughter took down the holiday lights- also blessed by Michele bringing burritos and champagne.
 
Kendra announced that we got a donation of great stuff so “Wait ‘Til Next year!”    (Those of you who followed OLD baseball will recognize the motto of the old Brooklyn Dodgers fans.)
 
Our speaker was Laina Holzman, PhD.  She is a Professor of World History and Middle East Studies at Golden Gate University and frequently has columns and letters to the editor in the Sentinel and Pajaronian.  In fact, the Sentinel published a letter from her on 1/7/22 that was a bit of a precursor to her presentation.  Dr. Holzman started with her analysis of  the January 6 2021 events at the Capitol from an immediate and historical perspective and her view of the movement and political climate that gave rise to it and continues.  She then spoke about the history of history- the ancient beginnings of record keeping  to the development of the printing press and now the proliferation of information and misinformation through public media.  Dr. Holzman also noted with approval an uptick in interest in classic literature lately at the college-university level.  She cautioned about the political dangers of false facts and the absence of critical analysis.  Dr. Holzman’s published works are available on line.  She writes on a variety of political and historical topics and events.
 
Keith was unable to have his birthday party in person because of family covid concerns.  Al, as chairman of the Sunshine Committee, organized a drive-through surprise birthday celebration for him with the secret cooperation of Keith’s son and neighbors.  Sunday morning about 30 Rotarians and 5 guests gathered at the Deer Park parking lot then caravanned to Keith’s house where he had been lured into his driveway.  Well-wishers gave their drive-through birthday greetings.  Keith was very moved.  Thanks to Al, Keith’s family and neighbors, and to all the Rotarians who showed what Rotary spirit is and what a great group we have!
 
The District granted us $900 for membership recruitment thanks to Mardi’s application!
 
Our next meeting will be on January 13, again via Zoom only.  It will also be a Club Assembly.  A Club Assembly is a meeting where Rotary club short term and long term goals are discussed by the members.  There will not be a guest speaker.  There will be some presentations about Rotary history.  It is very important that as many members as possible attend the meeting as it is informative, particularly for newer members, and is an opportunity for members to provide input as to directions the club should take and ideas for club activities like service projects and fund raising.  Any members who want to give a short presentation on club history or goals, or some aspect thereof, or agenda items, please contact Ken asap and please no later than Wednesday noon.
 
The zoom link will be the same one we have been using and is on the website. Please contact Kendra or Nelson if you have other zoom questions.
 
 
The Hub January 7th Ken Gorman 2022-01-11 08:00:00Z 0

The Hub December 16th

 
 
Our December 16 meeting- the last of 2021, had a great turnout and was much fun.  We will not have meetings 12/23 or 12/30.
 
Sam Nigh served 3 roles- musician, detective, and guest-bringer.  He rocked us through the short versions of the Welcome Song and 4-Way Test.  Having the lyrics on the screen is a big help, especially for the 4 Way test which seems to finally have settled on “INTL.”  Thanks to Nelson and Kendra for their technical wizardry.
 
If you haven’t seen the holiday lights display at the fairgrounds- they are very much worth the time, especially our display, of course…
 
Craig announced that we raised $3,400 for the wheelchair project and are expecting some matching funds on top of that- way to go folks!
 
Dagmar announced our $500 beach cleanup contribution and the acceptance of our sign at Rio del Mar beach.
 
Lowry announced that the Speech Contest will be Feb. 17, location tbd- probably Seascape or Severino’s/Seacliff.  We can still use a few more volunteers.  Contact Lowry or Doug Deaver.
 
Sam brought his granddaughter Sophie, who won one of our $1,000 scholarships.  It was noted that she got her brains and good looks from the other side of the family.  Sam had to borrow $1 from her for the Rotacare bucket- $20 fine for that Sam.
 
Sam  ad libbed the detective role by leading the club in a rousing and very (unintentionally?) funny version of the 12 Days of Christmas and assigning the 12 days to 12 members.  Several members could have benefitted from having the lyrics on the screen.  Creativity points to Matt for “10 Seahawks soaring” (Cabrillo reference).  Kelly came up with 4 different versions of what was supposed to be “9 ladies dancing,” none of them the same despite the clues from his table-mates.
     
The guest speakers spoke about “non-traditional” holidays: Deidre Hamilton spoke about the history and celebrations of Kwanzaa and showed an informative slide show, she related her personal/family celebrations of Kwanzaa;  Marjorie Coffey spoke about the diverse Winter cultural and historical events and ceremonies that she observes (she has an MS in religious studies from Edinburgh); Nic Laflin spoke about her celebrations and contemplations of the Winter Solstice.
 
We will have a “Club Assembly” at our meeting on January 13, 2022.  Instead of a speaker we will discuss the history and goals of the club, some of the major achievements/fund raisers, and ideas for improving the club (is that possible?) and fund-raising under covid.  Other ideas for the agenda are welcome.
 
From Pres. Ken- the District Governor is asking for statistics on a range of activities and fund raisers.  Among them is the number of club members who have put Rotary in their will or trust.  The DG is not seeking specific amounts or names. Nonetheless, my response was that while members may be proud of a bequest to Rotary, the terms of wills and trusts are private-even the beneficiaries often don’t know until the person who wrote the will or trust dies-so I’m not going to ask anyone about that beyond this general announcement.  Contact me if you want to discuss.    
 
All meetings will continue to be at Seascape unless and until a decision is reached otherwise.  There are a number of factors playing into the decision.  Contact Ken if you want to discuss details. Also- not to be repetitive- but it makes it hard to deal with the Seascape weekly contracts if we do not have accurate headcounts for lunch, so please respond to the weekly request on the website.  We will have to do this no matter where we have lunch meetings.
 
Best Wishes to All for the Holidays, Happy New Year!
 
 
 
 
The Hub December 16th Ken Gorman 2021-12-24 08:00:00Z 0

The Hub December 2

 
 
This week’s lunch at Seascape was highlighted by the return of: the piano, the 4 way test banner, the Rotary International Banner, Scott  and Al. Sam and Al led us in a rocking rendition of Jingle Bells, the Welcome Song and the 4 Way Test Song….the latter still being tweaked a bit but all sounding great with full instrumentation.
 
Nelson handled the zoom solo- quite a task.  Moving the screen to the darker side of the room was helpful for the video.  A cordless mike would also be a boon but we are making progress.  Former Prez Michele B looked great on zoom in her recovery mode.
 
Our Holiday Lights display is fabulous and we actually got published- hopefully this year the judges will agree that our display is the best.  There was a brief issue because of some dead batteries over the weekend but Kendra and team pulled it together.  Everyone should go see the display at the fairgrounds and encourage their friends, family and anyone else.
 
We will meet for lunch This Thursday and the following Thursday at Seascape but then skip two weeks and will not meet on 12/23 or 12/30.  We are not having a Holiday Party because of covid but if folks want to consider an informal get together email Pres. Ken and we can see what we can pull together.
 
Lowry has agreed to oversee the speech contest- thanks Lowry!!!!  Matt has agreed to help judge.  Thanks Matt!  Anyone else who can assist- please contact Ken and/or Lowry. It looks like the speech contest will be in mid-February.           
 
Craig reminded everyone to get their donations in for the wheelchair project by December 25, as that is when the donations are supposed to close.
 
Bill Witmer said we are on a good pace for 100% membership contribution to the Rotary fund but there are still several members who have not contributed.  Names are being withheld….for now…
 
Sam had another great joke to further cement his dual talents as musician and comedian.
 
Craig doubled as Detective as well  as Sgt at Arms and had a series of funny and informative  Rotary multiple choice questions. 
 
 
Our guest speaker was Kent-Harris Repass, aide to Congressman Jimmy Panetta.  Kent-Harris spoke to us several months ago.  He is extremely well informed and well spoken. In the photo above, Kent-Harris reacts to a Win Fernald joke.  He gave an overview of some of the more prominent legislation in Washington DC and some legislation sponsored by Congressman Panetta.  Mr. Repass took questions from our members and invited constituents to contact his office with questions or with problems with federal government services.  A few members spoke of great results they have had getting Mr. Repass and his office to intercede on behalf of themselves or their family,
 
Club members listen to Kent-Harris Repass with rapt attention.
 
We had 26 people for the meeting, plus our guest, which was great.  But only 15 people signed up for lunch.  Fortunately that wasn’t a problem because Seascape prepares food for 25 minimum so there was food for everyone.   If we had signed up for 25 and 11 than that more  showed up that would we would have been short about 10 meals.  If only 15 attended we would have wasted ten meals and the club would have to pay for them anyway.  So folks, PLEASE respond to Kendra’s sign-ups.  We know this is a hassle but it is a requirement not only of Seascape but everyplace else we checked out.
 
See everyone on Thursday!
The Hub December 2 Ken Gorman 2021-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

The Hub November 18th

 
We were back at Seascape with a nearly full house!
 
Without Sam or Al we forwent (?) the opening songs, though there is a groundswell for Kelly to a capella at least one of them.  He may be the only member who knows  the lyrics to the 4 Way Test song and he can stay in key without an instrument. 
 
There was no joke of the day.  President Ken suggests that folks come prepared with one in case Sam can’t make it and/or his Joke App isn’t working.  Dagmar?  We know you have a comic genre already.
 
Sue announced that the Santa Cruz Symphony Home Tour will be virtual this year, with catalogs available at the Jade Street. For more info see Home Tour
 
Kendra showed photos of our club's entry in the Holiday Lights, and reminded us that tickets need to be purchased in advance (holiday lights tickets.)    She recommends the walking option (because it facilitates the drinking option?)
 
Please send in your donations to the district's wheelchair drive by December 15 - make checks payable to the Capitola Aptos Rotary Foundation.
 
We are missing many Rotary  badges, please bring them to the next meeting.  A good way to remember to bring them is to put them on before you come to the meeting. 
 
The missing Rotary and 4 way test banners may have been located with Al.   But Al seems to be missing.  Information on the whereabouts of either/both/all is appreciated.
 
Just in time for Thanksgiving, fun facts from our detective Sue
  • First Thanksgiving was 1621 in Plymouth Mass.   Corn was served, courtesy of Squanto who taught the Pilgrims how to plant it
  • Thanksgiving highlights include, family, starting the holiday season, dessert, and leftovers
  • 53.4 million are forecasted to travel for the holiday;  AAA recommends they pack "patience"
  • Busiest profession the day after Thanksgiving:   Plumbers
  • Americans will cook 704 million pounds of turkey for the holiday
  • Lincoln was the first president to declare Thanksgiving Day;  FDR set it as the 4th Thursday in November.   Now every President pardons a Turkey to mark the holiday.
  • Jingle bells was actually a Thanksgiving song to start with
 
 
Our speaker was Jenni Veitch-Olson from Mar Monte Planned Parenthood.  She spoke on many topics including the origins, development and functions of Planned Parenthood. Mar Monte is the largest Planned Parenthood chapter in the nation.  While there has been much attention focused on the challenges to Roe v. Wade, abortion assistance is only about 3% of Planned Parenthood’s activities.  In the question and answer-period after her presentation it was brought up that Planned Parenthood provides abortion services that are not offered by local hospitals.
 
Planned Parenthood is holding a Roe v. Wade fundraiser for $25 on January 21, 2022.  Anissa said donations can be made on the Santa Cruz “give” website. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-mar-monte
 
Enjoy the holiday, hope to see you December 2 at Seascape.  Seascape sent a reminder that the County is requiring masks for all indoor gatherings except when eating- so we will all need masks to get in but can remove them when eating.
 
 
 
 
 
The Hub November 18th 2021-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

The Hub November 4th

Posted by Nelson Crandall
 
 
 
Guest Speaker Dr. Robin McFarland
 
 
 
At our November 4th meeting, Cabrillo College faculty member Dr. Robin McFarland gave a fascinating presentation on the most peculiar of topics: naked mole rats.
 
 
Which of these words is most off-putting? Naked? Rat? Naked rat? Are there naked more rats in Santa Cruz? What could we expect from this odd subject matter?
 
As a young academic, Dr. McFarland spent some time as part of a team studying these odd creatures in South Africa before going on to obtain her doctorate from the University of Washington. (At this mention, Kelly stood up and pumped his fist.)
 
In a nutshell, here’s what to know about these creatures that live their lives underground, fearing only snakes: The species is 30 million years old, one of the most successful on the planet.
 
Naked mole rats are one of only two mammal species that organize themselves like bees: with a queen, a few male consorts, and a cooperative society of sterile workers. The other species is also a kind of mole rat.
 
Naked mole rats don’t age the way humans do. They live their lives free of most indicators of aging, then rapidly decline and die. They are of immense interest to those who study the aging process. Just Google naked mole rats. You will be surprised at the number of hits.
 
After obtaining her doctorate at UDub, Robin was invited to join the faculty at UCSC studying the bones of chimpanzees and other apes. Two tidbits stood out from this portion of her talk: Dr. Jane Goodall, while researching primates in the wild, would bury deceased apes in wire cages that would allow worms and insects to strip the bones clean, then ship them in immaculate condition to Dr. McFarland’s team at UCSC for analysis.
 
Most chimpanzees in the wild suffer multiple fractures during their lives. The cause? Falling from trees. Thank you, Doctor, for a most entertaining and memorable presentation. Your students of anatomy and physiology at Cabrillo are fortunate to have you.
 
 
 
The Hub November 4th Nelson Crandall 2021-11-04 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub October 28th

 
 
Our return to in-person meetings was a huge success!
 
Over 35 members and several guest Rotarians.  The piano is gone so Sam soloed on electric guitar leading us in the Welcome Song followed by The 4- Way Test song.  The lyrics to the Welcome song have returned to “Read about it in the Hub” which everyone seems to remember.  The 4 Way test lyrics remain elusive to some/many/most.  As its most enthusiastic  supporter Kelly is nominated as the member to contact for lyrical clarity.  And given his strong and pitch-perfect performance thereof, he’s a good person to sit near to cover for inability to carry a tune.
 
Sam also told a very successful joke of the day and Dr. Art had a poignant thought to share. 
 
Kendra and Nelson set up the Zoom attendance though we may have only had one person on zoom- TrishKendra bought a much improved sound system which worked well.  The zoom link is on line and very easy to connect to.
 
Michele B reminded us that the Holiday Lights display gathering will be Saturday November 13.
Kendra reminded everyone to please RSVP for lunches so we get the right amount of food at the right price from Seascape.
Also, the November 11 meeting will be at Michael’s on Main in Soquel- we also need a head count for that.
 
Dr. Art followed his thought for the day with a stint as detective.  All attendees were interrogated as to what they have done to save the planet.  Many folks spoke about water savings such as replacing lawns, others have cut out plastic water bottles, others have cut out red meat.  Dr. Art suggested that we all do as much as we can including riding bikes and taking advantage of the county’s public transportation system to cut down on emissions.
 
 
Our guest speaker was District Governor Richard Flanders. 
He was introduced by past DG Ron Seckel who is well known in our club.  Attending with him were Camilla Boolootian from the Santa Cruz Sunrise Club who is our Assistant District Governor and Community Services Chair and Hung Wei from the Rotary Club of Cupertino Rotary Club who is the District Membership Chair. DG Flanders recognized Dr. Art’s exceedingly generous donations to fight polio and commended the club on its 100% member-contribution.  He also spoke glowingly of his interactions with our beloved John Fisher, gave a shout out to Karen S. as the best treasurer the district has ever had and recognized our ever-young nonagenarian Keith Medeiros for his longevity.  The DG also presented Dr. Art and Michele B with pins for contributions of $1,000+. 
 
DG Flanders is an attorney in the East Bay who was introduced to Rotary as a young associate lawyer by his boss, Richard KingRichard King  is the past world president of Rotary International and has given many inspirational presentations on Rotary.  DG Flanders inherited Richard King’s passion for Rotary.  He urged the club to increase membership and expand the club’s reach into the community. 
DG Flanders spoke at some length about a favorite project of his- the wheelchair foundation.  In recognition of this, the club “passed the hat” for donations, and Al, Doug D and Dr. Art pledged to match the members’ contributions up to $1,500. 
DG Flanders told about the generosity of the Bering family from Danville/Blackhawk towards the wheelchair project, donating $21,000 which is 50% of the costs for each of 2 containers of 280 wheelchairs.  There is another fundraiser at the Blackhawk museum on Feb. 27, 2022. 
DG Flanders also spoke about the donations of former LA Laker Vlady Divac and his wife who are developing a partnership with Rotary to build a peace project in Serbia.  Eric Costello paid $100 for the basketball signed by Vlady D.
 
DG Flanders told a moving story about his personal experience with the fellowship of Rotary.   His father died in Taipei when Richard was about 12.  His mother moved the family from Indonesia to the US and promised that when she died, her husband and she would be together again.  After her passing many years later, Richard and his brother flew to Taipei to try to recover their father’s ashes.  They had been put in touch with a Rotarian in Taipei named Gary Wong  who helped them locate their father’s ashes at a Buddhist monastery.  The monks were reluctant to release the ashes until the Rotarian spoke to them and took responsibility if anything was wrong.  As a result of his kindness and influence, Richard and his brother were able to get their father’s ashes and his parents now rest together.  Gary Wong became President of Rotary International.
 
DG Flanders concluded his story by reminding us that Rotarians are people of action in service to our communities and the world, and sometimes, as in his case, that service is rewarded by people who give to us.
 
The visiting Rotary dignitaries complimented us on how fun our meeting was.  Let’s keep it up!
 
 
 
The Hub October 28th Ken Gorman 2021-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub October 21st

Courtesy of  Lowry Fenton, cub reporter of this week!
 
 
The big news:
In person starts again next Thursday at Seascape.   Kendra reported 30 people plan to attend – see below for how to RSVP20 participants
 
Dress yoga pants are not an oxymoron – see Michele or Kendra for details.
 
Ken reported avoiding accidents both to and from his trip to Danville.   Unclear whether he bought a lottery ticket later that day to ride his good luck.
 
Some teasing and compliments about Lowry’s* golf game (*your first time cub reporter).
 
 
 
Announcements
Kendra announced that RSVP's for next Thursday 28 October in person meetings should go to her via email;   for November we'll go back to the google form.   Remember that you can edit the google form;   input TBD for your unsure dates, and then update the form later as you know more about your schedule
 
Michele said that we will be setting up the Holiday lights booth November 13 – she will send an email soon with details.   If you can help that day, please let team leader Anissa know;  also donations or loans of outdoor holiday décor are welcome to make this year’s booth even bigger and brighter.
 
 
Just in time for Halloween – costume ideas
 
Pam was the detective - best costume was the topic:
 
- Pam: a shower - with hulu hoop, scrub brush and shower curtain.   Pam got some attention at the bar that evening
- Michele adorned her sweats with cereal boxes with knives - 'serial killer'.
--- (Pam suggested replacing with blue dyed tampons – ‘Picasso’s Blue Period’;)
- Rich – His mom made a spiderman costume that fell apart, but he kept trick or treating
- Becky – and husband dressed like octogenarians, and got respectful service at the liquor store.
- Win - dressed his 8 month up like a lobster, and his son carried her in a lobster bucket
- Nelson - went to a law firm costume party with long hair wig, a pot and a lid.   ‘Want grass – I can sell you a lid?’
- Kendra - martini, (see photo if Mardi can pull that from the deck)
 
- Laura  pumpkin patch
- Kelly wore Norwegian* lederhosen  (*with a fjord logo?).
- Trish  RBG with black gown that served as judge robes.
 
 
 
Jocelyn Curran spoke on the Downtown Streets Team (‘DST’)
 
Picking up debris and syringes - police chief complemented the team's cleaning
 
“Homelessness is an experience, not an identity.”
 
DST organizes teams of unhoused and at risk people to clean Santa Cruz neighborhoods.   30 people work Monday through Friday 8 to 12, in return for non-cash gift cards for food, storage, transport, communication, housing.   They’ve picked up over 3900 syringes this year in Santa Cruz.
 
 J.M. Brown, advisory board member and Bruce McPherson staff member added comments after Jocelyn’s talk, strongly supporting their work.   DST’s weekly full team meetings are very inspirational.
 
 
 
 
The Hub October 21st Lowry Fenton 2021-10-26 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub October 14th

Hub Cub Notes. Courtesy of Matthew Wetstein
 
Just before the start of the meeting, Kendra said there were rumors that the Club will have a Holiday Display at the Fairgrounds again this year – but the rumors are not true that Matt Wetstein will be there every night in a Santa suit yelling “Ho Ho Ho – go to Cabrillo!”
 
Michelle Bassi says her new job at First Capital is good. She said she was anxious to get to work after meeting all the staff. She was clearly not attending the zoom meeting from the office, based on the screenshot that features wine glasses behind her. Next to the Garden Deli…a lunch joint that even served Al DeCamara in the ‘90s.
 
Speaking of Al, he reported that his son Matthew and a few others at SFSU will be at Chase Center for a concert as backup singers for Joel Walsh and the Eagles on October 20.
 
Dave Andrews showcased a beautiful sunrise photo from Yosemite
 
Laura reported on the board meeting and timing of the meeting. Speaker of the day – was told that we’d start at 12 noon. Visit until 12:15, Club business and announcements until 12:30, then have the guest speaker.
 
Art Dover led the Pledge.
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Michelle – announced that Holiday Lights will be bigger and better and longer. $100 for a 10x10 booth. We’d like to do it, but we need decorative elves and new items for the display. Theme will be Santa, sleighs, and X-mas trees. Friday Nov. 12 to Monday Nov. 15 set up dates. Anissa – volunteered to be the head decorator.
 
Michelle – second announcement – Meals on Wheels is looking for a new location. In negotiations for the old Aldo’s on Branciforte. The building has a bunch of restaurant equipment. Big Hibachi Tables are an example. The equipment can be purchased and used by anyone if they’ll haul it away.
Anissa reported that the Walnut Avenue Family and Women’s Center online auction – closes Sunday at noon.
Art reported that Maintenance staff at County Parks needs someone to water new plantings at Hidden Beach. Folks suggested that Doug Deaver would be a good choice.
 
Kendra – results of survey for face to face meetings. Next week still be on zoom, but on October 28, we will be back at Seascape Golf Course. That day will be the District Governor’s visit.
 
Win – Grant awards will be after the first of the calendar year instead of November. Win will let applicants know. We will reconvene for consideration in January and make awards in March.
 
Bill Wittmer – announced that the Rotary Foundation campaign. The contributions can be sent to Bill in care of the Rotary Foundation.
 
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
from Art Dover – What is more surreal than a nose?
 
 
DETECTIVE DUTIES
Sue was the Detective for the day…the theme was history. It included facts and trivia around presidents, and other prominent politicians and artists. Art – nailed Thelonious Monk as a pianist, Nelson knew when bar codes got introduced in grocery stores.
 
Anissa introduced Tracy McKenna and Colin Clark, of Ecology Action. Colin gave a quick presentation to the The organization was founded in 1970 as a student run recycling center in Santa Cruz. In 2002 they started doing energy efficiency work for local governments. The firm is based in downtown Santa Cruz sharing the old Sentinel building with Cruzio. Community Programs focuses on sustainable transportation programs and electrification of the transportation sector. Ratio Institute focuses on sustainable practices in the food retail sector.  TAPER focuses on energy efficiency work to help cut emissions in businesses, replacing lights, refrigeration, HVAC systems and pairing customers up with energy efficiency rebates.
 
The session closed with Q&A with Colin. An interesting fact – if Eco Action takes you out to lunch, the firm will not buy red meat.
 
Colin Clark of Ecology Action
 
Some of the Rotary Zoomers of 10/14/21
 
 
 
 
 
The Hub October 14th Matthew Wetstein 2021-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub September 30th

Posted by Mardi Padilla
 
 
This week zoom got us together after playing hide and seek with many of us before getting logged in, we had the participation of; Ken Gorman, David Andrews, Win Fernald, Kendra Cleary, Arthur Dover, Laura Grinder, Trish Glassey, Anissa Novak, Craig Bagley, Nelson Crandall, Kelly Nesheim, Dagmar Leguillon,  Graham Stokes, Jeff Ursino, Rich Hamlin, Bill Witmer and Mardi Padilla.
 
 
 
Rich started us with his taxi service adventure for Pam and Karen that included missing his exit as well as enjoying the view around San Mateo
 
Congratulations to Ken and his family welcoming a new son in law! Lots of happiness to the newlyweds!
 
Jeff he has been very busy, we sure missed him but he is happy to be back with us! Welcome back Jeff!
 
 
Guest:
Ryder Spires, invited by Mardi Padilla. Ryder enjoyed the meeting and has fun memories when participated at the last beach clean up of our Club at Rio del Mar
 
Announcements: 
 
Mask mandates were lifted, should we consider going back in person? we asked Dr Art who mentioned it is possible as long as we are cautious, although anyone with symptoms should stay home.
Also our president Ken Gorman will be looking into a test lunch at Michael’s meanwhile Kendra will be emailing a google form looking for your answer to attend a meeting in person, let’s RSVP and not lose our spot!
 
Dr Art announced providing regular and senior (Flu Block) vaccines, this Saturday, at Redwood Village patio (across from #6 and Palm Deli),
11 am to 1 pm
No appointment necessary.
 
We had two thoughts for the day from Dr Art whom curiously asked Kelly..while wearing a mask in front of the computer.. did you ever had a computer virus?😂
 
 
Main Thought of the day by Dr Art:
Even on the most exalted throne in the world, we are only sitting on our own bottom.
 
   
Trish was the detective of the day...there comes the fines!
  1. Driving an unlicensed airport taxi service? ..Did I hear Nolo contendere? Ken Gorman
  2. Which Rotarian of our Club was on the News? (Matt Wetstein) +Happy Belated birthday= Doble fined Kendra 
  3. New Santa Cruz County Regulations? Laura Knew, way to go!
  4. Are vaccinated people required to wear mask indoors? Win Fernald
  5. What did the 85 Inmates had in common at Monterey county jail? They all had Covid and similar addictions, Dr Art 
  6.  Today is the National Day of? Golf lovers Day, Kelly 
  7.  Also this day is National Day of? Vodka Day! Dave Andrews 
  8. Last but not least it was National Child Health Day! Jeff Ursino was close!

 

 
Anissa Novak introduced our speaker:
 Alexandra Van Zanes Manager of Philanthropy- Major Gifts & Grants, Dominican Hospital Foundation
Alexandra grew up in the Santa Mountains and resides in Scotts Valley. She has a strong passion for her community. Previously, she attended Cabrillo College where she achieved her Associates Degree in Business Administration and graduated with High Honors. Following her Associates, she received her Bachelors in Business Management of Economics with Dean’s Honors from the University of California Santa Cruz. After graduating, Alexandra worked in a variety of career fields, starting in the healthcare sector and transitioning into non-profit work at Pajaro Valley Unified School District in Purchasing and Payroll.
She has worked at Dominican Hospital Foundation for over 5 years and her primary focus is major giving and grants. She leads the Annual Giving Program including: Employee Giving Campaign, Women of Wellness Council, and Gala. When not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two sons.
 
Alexandra, thank you for joining us and for supporting our community!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Hub September 30th Mardi Padilla 2021-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub September 23rd

 
We had few people attending the meeting this week, starting with Dave Andrews, Nelson Crandall, Anissa, Wen, Craig, Matt, Lowry, Sandra, Rich, Jim, Julie, Trish, Laura, Kelly and Sue, thanks for joining.
 
 
Matt says Cabrillo received a $5 million HSI grant that they plan to use for STEM education
 
Laura chaired the meeting
 
No guests or visitors
 
Matt: There are people who see a glass half full and are considered optimists; people who see a glass half empty and are considered pessimists; and people who drink the glass and are considered both optimists and pessimists
 
Nelson was the detective.
  1. Whose birthday is it today? Joni Stokes
  2. Whose birthday is it tomorrow? Graham Stokes
  3. What happened with regard to our solar system on this day in 1846? German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune.
  4. Today is National Checkers and Dogs in Politics Day. What does the game of checkers have to do with dogs in politics? Nixon gave his checkers speech on this day in 1952 (Kelly knew)
I’m giving you a name of a presidential pet. What kind of pet was it and who was the president?
  1. Murry the Outlaw of Falahill (Fala): Scottish Terrier – FDR (Kelly knew)
  2. Miss Beasley: George W. Bush; Scottish Terrier
  3. Macaroni: Kennedy – pony (Julie knew)
  4. Gabby: Eisenhower – parakeet (Laura came close)
  5. Grits: Carter – Border collie
  6. Him: Johnson – Beagle
 
 
Matt announced that at Thursday tonight and next week there will be community events who want to speak this way
ANNOUNCEMENT: I'm placing the Cabrillo Name Exploration website in the chat below - we have community dialogue sessions scheduled tonight and next Thursday from 6 - 7:30 pm.  The sessions are via zoom. Here's the link below:
 
We need guidance on how to contribute to the wheelchair drive.
 
 
Anissa introduced Richelle Noroyan, with 2nd Harvest
 
 
 
 
 
*Aarushi Thaker, Area 10 Director for Interact remind us that Area 10 shirts are still on sale!  
The proceeds for these shirts go directly towards the Area and the projects that Interact is doing this year. This is a great way to support Interact and get a cool shirt! Please share this to anyone who would be interested in getting one as well. 
Here’s the link to order: bit.ly/3nPeUvu
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Hub September 23rd 2021-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub September 16th

About 20 people attended our September 16 zoom lunch meeting.

Welcome New member Lowry Fenton!!!! Another Stanford alum!  For those not paying attention, athletes from Lowry’s alma mater won 24 Olympic medals in Tokyo- 23 by women….a guy won a bronze in fencing.

Michele Bassi passed along a reminder all about this Friday’s 2d Harvest food distribution at the fairgrounds 830 am-1 pm: we hope to have a strong turnout.

Michele also asked to pass along that she is leaving Santa Cruz County Bank to take a job at First Capital at their office on Soquel near Dominican Hospital.  Congratulations to Michele and First Capital!

A gold star to Mardi for attending from Peru again.

Al couldn’t make it but passed along the announcement, confirmed by Dr. Art, that he and Dr. Art would match up to $1,000 for what the club can raise for the wheelchair project.  Thanks gentlemen!

Dr. Art presented the thought for the day and President Ken told the joke for the day.

Doug Deaver celebrated a birthday.  Decorum prohibits publicly announcing the number of years but he clearly looks and acts far younger.

Matt was the detective  and focused on historical events around September 15-16, including the declarations of independence of 5 South American countries, which surprisingly, nobody could name (?).  History lesson appreciated Matt.

President Ken did know that Todd Rundgren is opting out of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  If you like old school rock and roll with great harmonies listen to his first album with his band Nazz-self-titled “ Nazz.”

Our guest speakers were Kathleen Ashton and Kiersten Elzy-Loving  from the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.  Anissa introduced them and was lauded for her family’s support of the museum by Museum board member JM Brown.  The speakers talked about and presented a slide show of the history of the museum and some of its exhibits.  The talk and photos were very informative and Kathleen and Kiersten are engaging and fun.  Santa Cruz is a treasure trove of fossils from 3 distinct geological eras.  No jokes allowed comparing the ages of club members.  The museum is an under-appreciated resource and club members are urged to spread the word about it and support it.

In that vein, there was much enthusiasm for a club field trip to the museum once the club decides (based on medical advice) that in person gatherings are safe enough. 

 

 

The Hub September 16th 2021-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub September 9th

 
 
The September 9 virtual meeting was attended by 17 people via Zoom. President Elect Kendra presided as President Ken was allegedly doing something court-y.  All indications are that it was a great improvement and a coup might be beneficial.
 
Mardi gets a gold star for attending from Peru.  Al gets a star for leaving early.  Julie would get a fine for leaving early but it might end up in President’s Ken’s bill. 
  
There were no announcements.  However, as per the newsletter item, Second Harvest is looking for volunteers for the food distribution 9/24 from 830 am to 1 pm at the fairgrounds.  Michele B is coordinating but on-line sign ups are available.  Anyone over 12 can volunteer.  It would be nice to have a good turnout from our club.
 
As per Julie’s email- many folks are behind on their dues and fines, and we need them to get the accounts current. 
 
Kelly N was the detective and asked questions about Rotary.  A team effort led to recitation of the 4 Way test and its history.  Especially impressive- Craig knew it was established in 1932 and Gram knew it was created by Herbert Taylor.
 
Our guest speaker was our own Yvette Brooks, a true Renaissance woman. 
She is  not only a club member but also the Mayor of Capitola and Executive Director of Your Future is Our Business (YFIOB). YFIOB  is a Santa Cruz County-based non-profit focusing on linking schools in our county  with businesses to expose students to career options and provide education bridging the gap between school and employment. YFIOB provides speakers, expos and panels to elementary, middle, high school and post-secondary students and provides avenues for students to interact with professionals and get hands-on work experience.
 
The board meeting is this Thursday at 11, still working on whether it will be by zoom or in person.  The lunch meeting will be via Zoom- informal chatting at noon, meeting commences at 1230.
 
We miss our members, so please contact members who may have technology issues and see what can be done to help them out.
 
 
 
 
 
The Hub September 9th 2021-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub September 2nd

 
Our September 2d meeting was all Zoom as we observe the protocols set out by the County and medical professionals.  We had about 25 attendees.  Guests included Soquel High scholarship recipient Jennifer Rocha, Joni Stokes and (technically) Lowry Fenton.
 
The welcome song was not attempted.  As past efforts showed, Zoom only plays one voice at a time so when 25 people sing the result was a jumbled series of single voices each getting in a few words while the yellow box highlights jumped around the screen like the beginning of Hollywood Squares.   Maybe we can have a solo act and everyone else lip syncs?  I sound better that way….
 
There were no announcements because President Ken forgot to mention that Second Harvest is still looking for volunteers for food distribution at the fairgrounds from 830-1 this Friday, as well as Sept. 24.   Sign up on line or contact Ken or Michele Bassi.
 
We received an invitation from the District to participate in raising funds for wheelchairs.  The club has donated in the past, and Doug Deaver went to Mexico a few years ago to participate in the actual presentation of the wheelchairs to some of the recipients.  All who spoke about it said it is a worthy cause.  More information about it will be forthcoming.
 
Detective Dagmar educated us all with a timely set of questions about Labor Day.  Not as entertaining as her wiener-themed queries but well-researched.
 
Our speaker was Michelle Frampton, who was introduced by Anissa.  Michelle spoke and showed a video about BirchBark, a non-profit organization founded by veterinarian Merrianne Burtch in 2013. The goal of the organization is to promote the bond between humans and animals. There are 31 participating veterinary partners in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties.
 
BirchBark provides 3 services.  First, it provides financial support for people/families faced with unaffordable vet services whose pets have treatable conditions.  Those in need apply for financial assistance which generally takes 2-3 hours.  If approved, Birch Bark pays 50%, the family pays 20%, and the other vets contribute 30%.   This allows the pets to receive the services to heal them when otherwise the tragic alternative would be euthanasia.
 
Second, BirchBark provide grief counseling and support for people who have lost their pets. 
 
Third, BirchBark offers education to people in holistic and proactive  ways to be the best caregivers and advocates for their pets.
 
Michelle said that due to the pandemic and fires the need for BirchBark’s services has doubled.
 
BirchBark is entirely funded by donations.
 
 Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting, which will also be via Zoom.
 
 
 
 
The Hub September 2nd 2021-09-07 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Grants 2021

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The 2021-22 Community Grant Application is now open.  The deadline to submit a grant application is September 30, 2021.  The following link provides the cover letter, grant application, and scoring matrix that will be used to evaluate the application.   
 
 
To the Grants Committee,
 
The Grants Committee will meet this Thursday at 11:00 AM via ZOOM to launch the Grants Program for this year.  We will use the club ZOOM link and pass code for that meeting.  While we are ready to receive applications, the Board needs to close the 2020/2021 year and let us know how much money we have for grant awards.  The next regular board meeting should be on September 9th.   
 
ZOOM Meeting Instructions: 
In order to keep everyone safe during this pandemic we are having our Grants Committee meeting this Thursdays, starting at 11:00am.
Join The Zoom Meeting here! 
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Meeting ID: 924 3590 6567
Passcode: 996521
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Rotary Grants 2021 2021-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub August 26th

The Hub
Meeting of August 26, 2021
By Nelson Crandall
 
Featured Presentation: Dr. Julie Macecevic, of Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center.
Dr. Julie Macecevic (Anissa’s boss!) was the featured speaker. A summary of her presentation appears below.
Dr. Macecevic on Zoom and a snip from the Walnut Ave. web page
 
Back to Zoom ☹
In light of rising infection rates and the pending indoor mask mandate, we returned to Zoom-only participation. Twenty club members participated, with Bill Witmer disguising his appearance with the pseudonym “iPhone.” Back to Zoom meant no club song. Darn it. Sam Nigh was looking forward to teaching us to sing the Four Way Test song!
 
Thought of the Day, courtesy of Art Deaver.
Your body is not a temple, it is an amusement park! Enjoy the ride.
 
Mardi the Detective.
Mardi Padilla asked for volunteers to tell the club the name and breed of their favorite dog in recognition of National Dog Day. Can you match the dog with the owner? Answers below.
 
Owner
Name and Breed of Dog
  1. Anissa Novak
  1. Abby, a golden lab
  1. Becky Peters
  1. Charlie
  1. Julie Lambert
  1. Coco, a schnauzer – peke mix
  1. Laura Grinder
  1. Heidi, a dachshund
  1. Mardi Padilla
  1. Max and Hans, dachshunds
  1. Michele Bassi
  1. May Blossom, a basset hound
  1. Rich Hamlin
  1. Solo, a collie
  1. Win Fernald’s granddaughter Cora
  1. Zach, a German shepherd
 
In recognition of National Toilet Paper Day, Mardi fined herself and confessed that she hoarded TP when shelter-in-place began, but only Laura Grinder joined her as a co-confessor. No one else could find any TP for sale! Mardi also fined Kelly Nesheim and Nelson Crandall in recognition of their 56th and 37th anniversaries on the 28th and 25th of August, respectively. And by popular demand, Rich Hamlin was fined $20 for practicing his golf stroke while Mardi was talking.
 
Featured Presentation
Our guest speaker, Dr. Julie Macecevic, gave an inspiring and eye-opening talk on how Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center offers education and advocacy services to break the cycle of poverty in the Santa Cruz area.
 
These statistics Dr. Macecevic cited stand out:
 
1. Domestic Violence is Widespread.
  • 40% of child abuse victims report domestic violence in the home.
  • Domestic violence is a major precursor to child fatalities from abuse or neglect.
  • Santa Cruz law enforcement report 5,000 domestic violence-related calls annually.
  • Research on the rate at which domestic violence is NOT reported leads to the conclusion that on average, there are 23 instances of domestic violence in Santa Cruz County each day.
 2. The Financial Cost of Preschool. In 33 states and the District of Columbia, the annual cost of infant daycare is greater than the cost of in-state tuition at a four-year college.
 
3. The Benefit of Preschool to the Child. Research shows that children who attend preschool are more likely:
  • to complete high school without suspension;
  • to never be suspended, addicted, or arrested; and
  • to be employed full-time or self-employed.
Walnut Avenue offers comprehensive preventative and therapeutic services to families at risk for, or surviving, domestic violence.
Walnut Avenue’s Early Education Center helps children ages 0-5 to be socially and emotionally ready to enter the K-12 school system while allowing their parents to focus on their career or get advanced skills training.
 
 
Thank you, Walnut Avenue, for helping to give these children privileges and opportunities most of us can take for granted!
 
Answers to quiz: A5 B8 C6 D2 E3 F7 G4 H1
 
 
 
 
The Hub August 26th 2021-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

Honoring Bob Curtis

By Nelson Crandall
 
 
Bob Curtis with his granddaughter, Monique.
 
Robert (Bob) Curtis recently terminated his membership in our club after almost 40 years due to failing health.
 
Bob joined our club at age 46 on April 27, 1983, with the classification of Appraiser Services. Bob’s wife of 50+ years, Klo Ann, remembers Thursdays as one of the best days of week for Bob. He would come home with news about the speakers and the other members, always getting a lot out of the meetings. When traveling, Bob kept up his attendance by visiting other clubs. He would talk about Rotary with anyone.
 
Club members think of Bob as a steady, quiet, warm presence. Dave Andrews, who worked with Bob professionally (Dave was a loan officer for a bank), had confidence in Bob’s appraisal skills and used his services on many occasions. Dave enjoys comparing reading lists with Bob, who is particularly interested in U.S. history. Bob always asks about Dave’s backpacking adventures.
 
Bob similarly asks about Craig Bagley’s work as an architect. At Rotary meetings they would often reminisce about their lives before moving to Silicon Valley and then upgrading to our paradise by the sea.
 
When active, Bob especially enjoyed Rotary’s service projects, including working the 4th of July beer booths, selling tickets at the Laguna Seca car races, helping on beach cleanup days, judging the Rotary speech contests, and setting up for fundraisers.
 
Bob considers Rotary to be a big part of what made him who he is. Bob maintained his Rotary membership for years after health issues prevented him from participating actively.
 
Bob, the entire club, including those of us who never got to know you, wish you well and thank you for your years of service. Our community and the world are better places because of it.
 
 
Honoring Bob Curtis Nelson Crandall 2021-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub August 19th

Once again we had a hybrid meeting with approximately 25 people in person (masked unless eating) and about ten Zooming in.
 
Julie Lambert brought two visiting Rotarian (very active members of the Carmichael club) friends and fellow Oregon State Beavers—Vicky and Jay Boatwright. They are here camping at Sunset Beach and from all appearances they are none the worse for wear even though they have been ‘roughing it’.  
 
Excellent news!  Lowry Fenton has filled out an application to join our club.  More to follow…
 
Bill Witmer is our Foundation chair. He will be spending the next few months asking club members for their Rotary International Foundation contribution.  It is time to make your RI contribution so let’s make it easy for Bill.  Make your checks out to Rotary Foundation and mail or give to Bill.  John Fisher (RIP) always encouraged double sustainer amount of $200 but do what you can.  
 
Julie Lambert was our detective and asked questions related to college in honor of the Boatwright’s attendance. A little known fact: only 41% of the student population actually graduate in 4 years!  The average student debt after 4 years of college is a whooping $29,900.00 
 
No welcome song but we did sing a delightful Happy Birthday to our future club President, Laura Grinder. 
Dagmar Leguillon announced the September 18th Coastal Clean-up Day. Anyone can volunteer. Just go to the beach and clean. There will be NO club clean-up on that day.
 
Win Fernald announced he is starting the grants process by having all applications in by the end of September. The grants application will be on Capitola Aptos Rotary.org for downloading. Our grants program will be November 11th.
 
Dr. Art is cautioning everyone regarding the rapid spread of the Delta variant. The next day the county announced required masking while indoors. The long and the short of it is that we are going back to Zoom meetings for the foreseeable future. It was so nice seeing everyone in person but we need to stay safe. Use N95 or KN95 masks as they provide the best protection.
 
Thought for the day by Dr. Art: “Don’t ask what you can do for your country, ask what’s for lunch”.
 
Our speaker was Larry Mabrey, who once was a circus ringmaster but is now Managing Director of the Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival which is running now and until August 29th. (Photo). Larry has been a theatre professional for over 35 years in cities across the US. Previously he was Executive Director of Circus Flora in St. Louis, MO, Executive Director of West Virginia Public Theatre and was the co-founder and producing artistic director of Avalon Theatre Company. A California native, Larry returned to the state last year when he joined Santa Cruz Shakespeare as managing director one month before the pandemic.

 
Larry summarized the plays they produced this season which included an adaption of King Richard and Agitator, a play about Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglas.  He explained the covid precautions taken for live performances. These performances take place at the outdoors Audrey Stanley Grove near DeLaveaga Golf Course.  They ran with half capacity (200 instead of 425 seats) and had sold out crowds. Masks are encouraged. 
 
Larry described all the many wonderful services they are providing on-line and to children. I encourage you to go on their website to get all the glorious details. wwwsantacruzshakespeare.com. Consider becoming a member!

 
Pam Goodman
Club Hub Cub
 
 
The Hub August 19th 2021-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub August 12th

 
Last week’s meeting was attended by about 24 members in person and a few folks on zoom.  Kendra, Nelson and Mardi ran the show like a Hollywood crew; it’s only a matter of time before they will be nominated for Oscars. There are still some problems with the audio but that is being worked on- the board authorized the purchase of a good microphone.
 
Lowry Fenton was our guest that we hope decided to join our club!
 
Dr. Dover gave a brief reminder that the delta variant is causing covid surges even in highly vaccinated countries so we must, at a minimum, continue to wear masks except when eating and observe social distancing where possible, even in the close confines of our Seascape dining room. 
 
Other clubs in Santa Cruz County are doing hybrid meetings. Silicon Valley and other Bay Area clubs where there are mask mandates are returning to zoom only.
 
Sam again led the Welcome Song soloing on guitar, this time with a rock and roll rendition that would have made Chuck Berry jealous.
 
Michele Bassi and Bill Witmer presented a Paul Harris award to Sgt at Arms Craig Bagley for his charitable contributions.  This was Craig’s 4th Paul Harris award. Bill reminded us that the Paul Harris foundation was started with $27 in 1916 and since has raised billions for the fight against polio.  
 
 
Dagmar gave a cheerful recap of the Beach Cleanup, including a count of the debris club members picked up and the camaraderie of trash collectors.  She also disparaged the club President by suggesting that his large haul of recyclables was stolen.  Not so.  Age and decrepitude notwithstanding, and assisted by his daughters 2 intrepid dogs, your President risked life or at least dignity by retrieving cans and bottles from the treacherous bluff slope.  Hold your applause, it’s part of the job description.  Next time he will wear the Rotary flag as a cape.
Dagmar also needs a co-chair to help her on the membership committee, volunteers are encouraged to contact her or President Ken.
 
Rich was the Detective:  true or false: he asked true or false questions about events that occurred in August, going back centuries?  The worst question/answer was whether Eugene Diesel got the patent for the diesel engine in August 1898 the answer- false, it was his brother, Rudolf.  Seriously?  $5 Rich.  A better question would have been whether Rudolf Diesel ran his engine on peanut oil at the 1900 Paris World’s fair…..
 
President Ken asked for volunteers at Second Harvest’s food giveaways at the County Fairgrounds.  They are 9am-1pm on August 20, September 10, and September 24.  Michele Bassi added that the giveaways are drive-up so covid exposure is minimal.  Please contact Ken if you are available and interested.
 
Stan Abraham attended his third meeting in a row and felt compelled to explain his thrice blessing of our Rotary congregation with his presence by sort of accurately recounting the uh, inducements (threats is too strong a word)  made against him by President Ken during an attorney-client privileged conversation…..
 
 
Thanks to Pam and Dr Art for joining efforts to write about the Speaker!
Our speaker today was Dr. Tanyss Munro. Dr. Munro and her husband Gem co-founded the Amarok Society which expands educational opportunities for children and their mothers. They began in Canada with disadvantaged persons, and she spoke to us today about her work
in Bangladesh – a chronically impoverished country wedged between eastern India and Myanmar, below Nepal.

Most of the world’s population growth occurs in Asia. Bangladesh is a very over-populated, Islamic majority country that suffers regular flooding from snow melt in the Himalayas and tropical storms that go north from the Bay of Bengal. The capital Dhaka suffers from severe
crowding, infectious diseases, malnutrition, and year-round heat with chronic air pollution.
The Amarok Society is working to educate children in the megaslums of Dhaka, where children have little opportunity to receive an education. Dr. Munro explained how the Society developed a new model of education to help break the cycles of illiteracy and poverty, and
concurrently empower women and girls to overcome generational and cultural oppression including child marriage, child labour, sex trafficking and opposition to education for girls and women.
Her talk was entitled “Making the world worthy of children.” The goal is teaching mothers to teach the world through their children. One in 3 children is illiterate. Amarok provides “shadow education” after-school teaching by mothers who are recruited to teach them.

Amorak’s “Mothers of Intention” projects train mothers to be teachers. Each teacher then teaches 25 students in her neighborhood. The children receive co-ed education, which they never would experience in the public schools in Dhaka. They are taught human rights, peace, and tolerance. The results demonstrate changes in literacy, attitudes and greater age at marriage. Many young children go forward to high school and college and have improved opportunities for employment. Many contribute to their neighborhoods to pass along what they have learned to younger generations.

The program has also resulted in shifts of cultural and institutional opposition to education for girls and women. In Amarok’s programs, mothers are the teachers and girls and boys are taught in the same classes. Men and boys are now pleased that women and girls are
receiving an education. Many Rotary clubs support the work of this phenomenal and inspiring organization.
Ms. Munro was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work.
Photo of Dr Tanyss Munro
 
Dr. Art Dover won the raffle!.  He did not audibly announce his intentions of spending it, but he sure will be having fun
 
Perhaps heeding Kelly’s diplomatic inquiries, Seascape actually prepared more food than we ate- there was 8 inches of pork roast and a few lbs of mashed potatoes left.
 
Hunter, the very nice young man who has been serving us, said that he could not provide to go boxes because the law prohibits that for banquets; they can’t even donate it.  President Ken checked with his cousin the catering manager and she confirmed.  Julie Lambert “McGyvered” her way around that by stacking the plate she had left at Keith’s house and walking out the back door .  Apparently it’ s OK if people bring their own to go boxes but we should be discreet about it.
 
 
Per Kendra: Please remember that if you have marked "TBD" as your answer for a meeting date,  edit your form with your updated "yes or no" answer. If no update is made your TBD will be counted as a "no" and Seascape will not prepare a meal for you.
 
We have only two more weeks of the August RSVP Form and then a new link will be provided for September. 
 
 
 
The Hub August 12th 2021-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary to the Rescue

Rotary to the Rescue!
We learned to our embarrassment last week that we sent scholarship recipient Alexandria Quintero an unsigned check! Tuition was due in a couple of days, so we arranged to deliver a replacement check by hand at a mutually convenient location. Our club member sent Alexandria a selfie so she would know who to look for. In return, Alexandria sent the below selfie of herself holding a model of the Scion cube car she was in. Clever girl! Love that photo!
Rotary to the Rescue Nelson Crandall 2021-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub August 5th

Meeting of August 5th
By Pam Goodman
 
This was a one of a kind experimental meeting that required all hands on deck to put it in place. Our first ever ‘hybrid’ meeting—in person or on Zoom and it worked famously, especially with help from Kendra, Nelson, Ken and his able assistant, Hilary who is far beyond capable.
(Nelson Crandall setting up)
 
A visiting Rotarian from Los Gatos morning club, Sanjay Khandelwal was checking us out as he now works from home near the summit. Let’s hope he was impressed! 
 
Our Friend Marie Moseley was with us as well, her first visit since March 2020! 
 
Craig Bagley, our Sargent at Arms, was the first one to the meeting as in his words ”I wanted to make sure the meeting was going to run smoothly”.  It did indeed, Craig.  Thanks for your dedication!
 
Trisha Glassey brought Edie Stein to our meeting via Zoom.  Edie is a Soquel High School and took time took time from her leadership orientation at school today to talk to us about the RYLA experience this summer.  The program was "Leading with LUV" for Location, Unlearning and Learning, and Vision and Voice.  When asked  about the location theme,  she said it was about being a better leader by finding happiness and peace by going to locations you love.
 
Dr. Art did not have a thought for the day as he “left it at home”. 
Sam told a very familiar joke (video) then proceeded to play a rip-roaring rendition of the Welcome Song.
(Sam and the Welcome Song)
 
Anissa Novak entertained us as detective, grilling us on little known Olympic factoids. 
 
Dagmar Leguillon announced this Saturday’s Beach Cleanup at Rio Del Mar beach. August 7th at 10 am so be there or be square (or at least missed).
 
 
Our presentation was titled ‘Health and Home: Building Wellness in the Heart of Live Oak’.  The speakers were Leslie Connor, CEO of Santa Cruz Community Health and Laura Marcus, CEO of Dientes Community Dental Care. These are two very smart and capable individuals who (along with MidPen housing) have been the driving force behind plans to build a unique housing facility on Capitola Rd in Live Oak.  This site is breaking ground soon and will have 57 affordable housing units,  a health center and dental facility. Therefore, comprehensive, integrated healthcare will be available for up to 10,000 patients including pediatrics, optometry and behavioral health to name just a few of the services.  The clinics will be built first then the housing.  The entire project should be completed by 2023. 
 
The best news is that we all have the ability to participate in funding this project as there is a $500,000 Challenge Match issued by Carol Fuller in honor of Cynthia Mathews. 
 
It was so exciting to hear of this most innovative and inclusive project.  We were all so very impressed by the vision of our speakers and the tenacity it took to make this project happen. 
 
Dientes, Santa Cruz Community Health, and MidPen Housing are partnering to create 1500 Capitola Road, a vibrant 3.7-acre health and housing complex in the heart of Live Oak. This crucial first step toward increasing access to healthcare and affordable housing in Santa Cruz County will provide healthcare for up to 10,000 patients, along with affordable housing for 157 people.
(Left to right, Leslie Conner and Laura Marcus)
 
 
An announcement/discussion point was made at the end of our meeting that due to Delta Variant, Rotarian's RSVP's are needed more than ever so the board can identify two things; a ) Will members feel comfortable attending in person meetings at Seascape and b ) if they are, we need an updated head count since we need 15 confirmed, RSVP'd Rotarians by Sunday night in order to have the meeting as a hybrid and not go to Zoom Only. 

To accomplish this update you can either email Kendra and/or Ken, OR go into the Google Form and update your answers to reflect whether your opinion has changed on in person attendance, and then add to the comments whether you feel comfortable still attending as an in-person at the "hybrid meeting" or whether you will go Zoom, due to health concerns. 
 
For whom would like to join us on Zoom Thursday at 12:00pm:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 924 3590 6567
Passcode: 996521
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See you next Thursday!
 
Pam Goodman
Hub Cub
 
The Hub August 5th Pam Goodman 2021-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

Thursday August 5th - Hybrid meeting 

 
Dear Friends of Our Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club
 
In order to keep everyone safe during this pandemic we are having a hybrid meeting tomorrow Thursday August 5th starting at 12:15pm. Below you will find the link and password to log in as well as the meeting ID and number in case you would like to call it in. 
For whom are attending the meeting in person at Seascape Golf and Country Club (610 Club House Dr, Aptos) please bring a mask, practice social distance and enjoy your time with us and your lunch. 
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 924 3590 6567
Passcode: 996521
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+13462487799,,92435906567#,,,,*996521# US (Houston)
 
We look forward to see you and let's have a great time! 
Thursday August 5th - Hybrid meeting 2021-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

The Hub  July 29, 2021

 
The Hub
Meeting of July 29, 2021
By Nelson Crandall
 
Featured Presentation: Cabrillo College Name Change
The featured speaker for the meeting was club member Matt Wetstein, President of Cabrillo College. Matt was joined in his presentation by Governing Board members Adam Spickler and Christina Cuevas. Cabrillo Assistant Superintendent/VP Instruction Paul de la Cerda was also in the audience. A summary of their presentation appears below.
Left to Right: Cabrillo College Asst. Superintendent/VP Instruction Paul de la Cerda, Governing Board members Adam Spickler and Christina Cuevas, and club member and Cabrillo President Matt Wetstein.
 
Introduction of Visitors
Following the pledge of allegiance, President Ken called for visiting Rotarians to introduce themselves. In addition to perennial visitor Constantin Gehriger, we welcomed Santa Cruz Rotarian Larry Wallerstein. Matt Wetstein introduced his three colleagues from Cabrillo College, Dr. Art Dover introduced his grandson, Noah, and Dave Watkins introduced his frequent guest, Sebastian. 
 
Left to right: Visiting Rotarian Larry Wallerstein, Dr Art's grandson Noah, Dave Watkins's guest, Sebastian Lopez.
 
Club Song
For the first time since March 2020, Al DeCamera and Sam Nigh led the club in a rousing rendition of the Club song. So enthusiastic was the crowd that they reprised the final chorus twice following inspired instrumental improvisations.
 
 Al DeCamera and Sam Nigh leading a rousing rendition of the club song.
 
The fun was especially unexpected because Seacliff had said they would no longer provide use of their piano, forcing Al to lug his keyboard and amps to the meeting. After months of frustrating attempts to sing the club song on Zoom, our first in-person meeting last week had to settle for an anemic acapella version when Al didn’t have what he needed to set up.
 
Chaminade Aug. 15 Brunch & Silent Auction Tix Auction Benefitting Walnut Ave. Center.
At Immediate Past President Michele’s request, guest Adam Spickler presented the club with two tickets to the August 15 fundraising brunch and silent auction for the Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center, which our club is sponsoring. Michele asked Al to auction the tickets to the members on the spot, and Al rose to the occasion, raising $140. For more information about the event, go to wafwc.org
 
Featured Joke, courtesy of President Ken.
A lexicology professor was explaining to his students that in many languages, a double negative remains a negative. In other languages, a double negative is a positive. In no language, however, is a double positive a negative. To which a voice in the back responded, “Yeah, right.”
 
Introduction of the Board.
President Ken introduced most of the new Board members in addition to himself: Immediate Past President Michele Bassi, Co-Presidents Elect Kendra Cleary and Laura Grinder, Secretary Nelson Crandall, Treasurer Julie Lambert, Membership Chair Dagmar Leguillon, Rotary Foundation Chair Bill Witmer, Club Foundation Chair Al DeCamera, Service Projects Chair Art Dover, Grants Chair Win Fernald, Public Image Chair Mardi Padilla, and Sergeant-at-Arms Craig Bagley.
 
Ken especially recognized Mardi for her work on upgrading the club website and encouraged everyone to visit it.
 
Al the Detective.
Demonstrating his flexibility once again, Al handed out fines to the following people with the following excuses for Al’s being unprepared: President Ken for his self-deprecating humor, Nelson for his off-key rendition of For She’s A Jolly Good Fellow at Michele’s nondebunking, Kelly for abandoning Nelson in that attempt, Craig for something having to do with badges, Trish for her 11 p.m. reminder that Ken had detective duty, Sam for enjoying himself camping in the Trinity Alps, and Dave Watkins for complaining about the chipper under his window in the property Al’s firm manages.
 
Home for a Lost Hat.
The previous week, Keith brought in a hat left at his house on the occasion of the nondebunking, but no one claimed it. This week, Becky was able to claim it and is happily reunited with it. Becky, write your name in the hat!
 
        Becky Peters claimed her lost hat!
 
Featured Presentation: Opening Acts
Before getting onto the subject of changing the name of Cabrillo College, Cabrillo President Mat Wetstein discussed the college’s response to COVID-19 and the ongoing housing shortage.
 
COVID-19 Impact on Enrollment. Last year, only 20% of the college’s courses were in-person. The college hopes to increase that to 50% in the fall and be back to normal (whatever that may mean) in the spring. Following the lead of the UC and State College systems, vaccinations will be required, with limited exceptions upon good cause shown. Matt observed that the inability to meet in-person disproportionately affected the poor, Hispanics, and residents of the south county, leading to a 25% drop in enrollment last year.
 
COVID-19 Impact on Health. Matt reported that only 12 faculty and staff were infected with COVID-19 last year, which he attributed to strict implementation of protective guidelines. Most of the infections were attributed to non-campus exposures. Of the college’s 10,000 students, the campus health center administered 226 COVID-19 tests, 45 of which were positive.
 
Federal and State Financial Relief. The college has received $16 million in federal relief. The bulk of it will be spent on equipment, including computers for faculty and students and upgraded HVAC systems better able to keep classroom air pathogen free. $2.7 million will be used for direct student aid in the form of relieving students of $700,000 in accumulated debt for defaulted registration fees that prevent them from continuing their education and direct unrestricted grants of between $1,000 and $1,500 each. Matt observed that the cost of equipment upgrades is rising as multiple institutions compete for the same scarce resources.
 
Housing. Last year, 22% of the college’s students report that they were homeless or getting by without a settled housing situation. This budget year, the state has set $2 billion aside for community college housing. The college has started to study the feasibility of erecting student and faculty housing on campus. It hopes to complete the study this school year.
 
Featured Presentation: Name Change.
Christina Cuevas reported that the college’s governing board was presented with petition from 100 members of the college community  asking to change the name from Cabrillo because of the history of its namesake. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo is best known for his explorations of the west coast of North America on behalf of the Spanish Empire. His critics allege that he amassed the wealth needed to undertake these explorations by exploiting indigenous South Americans as slave laborers and sex workers, and that the consequences of such exploitation manifest themselves as generational poverty to this day.
 
In response to the petition, the governing board appointed Adam and her to a subcommittee to develop a process to explore the name change. They created an advisory taskforce of stakeholders to assist in the process, which met from October 2020 through June 2021. Relying on the work of other educational institutions named for slaveholders and other alleged perpetrators of human misery, the subcommittee and task force generated a set of guidelines the investigation process will follow, with key values being a methodology that is inclusive and educational in approach. More information is available at https://www.cabrillo.edu/governing-board/name-exploration-subcommittee
 
Following the adoption of the guidelines, the college has offered a series of educational events focusing on Juan Cabrillo the man, the persons and process that led to naming the college after him, and criticism of Cabrillo. Facilitated by Zoom attendance, the audience was polled before and after the presentations. In all the presentations, the percentage of persons favoring a name change rose as a result of the presentation. In one case, the percentage rose from 25% to 51%.
 
The next step will be a series of meetings in which the public will be invited to express their views, followed by a recommendation.
 
Matt did not address the question of how the cost of a name change will be weighed against the perceived benefit of ceasing to honor Cabrillo and the perceived harm of continuing to honor Cabrillo. This question also was not raised in the 10 minutes of Q&A following the presentation. Most of the audience questions focused on the fairness of judging a 16th century personage by 21st century morality. In response, Matt paraphrased the philosophy of 18th century philosopher Emmanuel Kant: The ill treatment of a human being is always wrong and should always be condemned.
 
How would YOU apply the 4-way test to this controversy?
The Hub July 29, 2021 2021-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Tequila Tasting!

To purchase tickets for Tequila Tasting....please find the link in Upcoming Events!
Hope to Zoom with you then!!
Tequila Tasting! 2020-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting canceled

Please note! Meetings on March 12th and March 19th are canceled due to corona virus warnings! If further meeting cancellations are planned, the news will be posted here also. Stay home and stay safe!
Meeting canceled Pamela Arnsberger 2020-03-12 07:00:00Z 0

DDaVinci's knots

Announcements and Reminders
          May 29th is the official date for the Capitola Aptos Rotary annual fund raiser. We will roast the man and woman of the year and have a live and silent auction. It will benefit Meals on Wheels, as well as Cabrillo College and Grey Bears. Make your reservations soon!
Meals on Wheels will be having a Ride Along so you can see how meals are delivered on March 16th thru 20th (or you can assist on site at Live Oak Senior Center). Michelle has sent around a sign-up sheet to participate in this event.
Beach cleanup dates are April 4th, June 6th and August 1st (the first Saturday in each of those months) at Rio del Mar beach at 10 am.
The area speech contest is on March 5th at the county office of education at 3:30. Come an support our club winner!
The business showcase is tentatively scheduled for April 15th. We will get a table to promote our club. Doug will send us around a sign-up sheet.
Dr. Art spoke to us about the corona virus. It’s not an airborne illness it’s passed on by touch; therefore handwashing is crucial. He says it will be very contagious.
Sandra says we only got two RYLA applications; however If there is a last minute applicant we might take them. High school sophomores and juniors are eligible.
There will be four scholarships for Cabrillo College . they will be named the Capitola Aptos John Fisher scholarships. We are taking applicants now for all four scholarships.
Monday night at 5:30 is membership Monday here at Aptos Seascape. Join us to socialize with potential new members.
Finally, Doug announced the death of Ron Derby, one of our most faithful members. Among other contributions, he was famous for his “Thoughts for the Day” and his always insightful comments on current issues. We will miss you Ron!  
          Our speaker today, was an author who wrote a book entitled Leonardo’s Knots, Caroline Cocciardi. She detected a knot pattern on Mona Lisa’s dress which reveals something significant about Leonardo da Vinci the man.
          
DDaVinci's knots Pamela Arnsberger 2020-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

engineering abroad

Announcements and Reminders
          May 29th is the official date for the Capitola Aptos Rotary annual fund raiser. We will roast the man and woman of the year and have a live and silent auction. It will benefit Meals on Wheels, as well as a scholarship at Cabrillo College and Grey Bears. Make your reservations soon!
Meals on Wheels will be having a Ride Along so you can see how meals are delivered (or you can assist on site at Live Oak Senior Center). Michelle has sent around a sign-up sheet to participate in this event.
Michele announced that Digital Nest was awarded the James Irvine Award, the most prestigious non-profit award in the state of California. She also announced many March events. The area speech contest is march 5 3:30-5:30 at the county office of education. There is a mixer at the Kaiser Area March 10 5”30-7:30. $5.00 a person.
Beach cleanup dates are April 4th June 6th and August 1st (the first Saturday in each of those months) at Rio del Mar beach at 10 am.
Sign up For Meals On Wheels on March 16th thru 20th to go out to deliver meals or go to Live Oak Senior Center and serve meals there.
Bill gave out Paul Harris fellowship awards today to Sandi and Stan Abraham.
          Our speakers today, Yuritzi Barranco and Brandon Farria were from the Cabrillo College Engineering Abroad program.They spoke about their trip to Costa Rica.  The purpose of the trip was to clean the river but they also worked on the permaculture farm.
engineering abroad Pamela Arnsberger 2020-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

ucsc farm

Announcements and Reminders
          May 29th is the official date for the Capitola Aptos Rotary annual fund raiser. We will roast the man and woman of the year and have a live and silent auction. It will benefit Meals on Wheels, as well as a scholarship at Cabrillo College and Grey Bears. Make your reservations soon!
Meals on Wheels will be having a Ride Along so you can see how meals are delivered (or you can assist on site at Live Oak Senior Center). Michelle has sent around a sign-up sheet to participate in this event.
Hariharan Ramesh, our district governor visited us today and spoke about the mission of Rotary, emphasizing role of the Foundation. Capitola Aptos Rotary is part of district 5170 and Mr. Ramesh said our district is the highest contributor of any district in the country to the Rotary Foundation (over 7 million dollars!)
 He also awarded three Paul Harris Fellowships to Kate Sutherland, Thomasjohn Wells Miller and Burt Lemke. Congratulations to all of you!
 
          Our speaker today was Dr. Stacy Philpott who is the Director of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UCSC. She spoke to us about the farm and the organic farming revolution.
        
ucsc farm Pamela Arnsberger 2020-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

speech contest

Announcements and Reminders
          May 29th is the official date for the Capitola Aptos Rotary annual fund raiser. We will roast the man and woman of the year and have a live and silent auction. It will benefit Meals on Wheels, as well as a scholarship at Cabrillo College and Grey Bears. Make your reservations soon!
Bill spoke about Rotary Foundation which has now raised over 7 billion dollars around the world. There are only three more people left for our own club to bring our giving up to 100% participation.
Dr. Art got a chance to view some international service projects in Mexico, Africa and South America at a District Meeting last week. If you would like more information on any of these, see Dr. Art.
Meals on Wheels will be having a Ride Along so you can see how meals are delivered (or you can assist on site at Live Oak Senior Center). Michelle will send around a sign-up sheet next week to participate in this event.
Second Harvest annual fundraiser is March 5th. We have been offered a table honoring our Rotary Club for our contribution. There are three seats left for the dinner. If you are interested in going see Michele.
 
 
Today was the area speech contest. A total of eleven students from Soquel and Aptos High school competed in the contest. They all spoke on the theme “Rotary Connects the World”. They were judged on adherence to the theme, vocal delivery, integration of the four way test and overall effectiveness. The winner will go on to compete in the district speech contest on the 5th of March.
 
The contestants included: Roxanne Harris, Olivia Harris, Stuart Norse, Mia Beatty, Emily Marshall Niswonger, Jocelyn Castillo, Kai Gavin, Michael Murray, Maddie Fiona, Andrew Morrisey and Celia Ruiz.
The winners of the contest were: First place ($200) Emily Marshall Niswonger; 2nd place ($1000: Andrew Morrisey; 3rd place ($50) Jocelyn Castillo 
 
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Cabrillo bond

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERs
 Please note: Next week's meeting, the area speech contest, has been moved. It  will be at Severinos/Seacliff Inn.  We have the room from 11:30 to 2:00.  (Lunch will be $30 but since Rich has already invoiced $10 it will be an additional $20.  Rich will not be present to run credit cards, so please bring a check or cash.
 
Every first Monday is membership Monday. Come and have a drink and bring potential new members. Every second Tuesday is for new red badgers. These are both at 5:30 to 7:00 PM and are at Aptos Seascape.
 
We are planning on a Rotary Week for Meals on Wheels delivery. Sign up to deliver meals or work at the site (at Live Oak Senior Center) that day.
 
Josh Selig from Jimmy Panetta’s office spoke to us today about current issues and measures in congress including dates for future town halls. They are working on making age discrimination illegal, road repairs, and mitigating potential flood damage from the Pajaro River Watershed.
 
Scott also spoke to us briefly about measure V for Soquel Elementary School District which is a parcel tax. It needs a two thirds majority and would add $96 per parcel for 6 years. It would largely go to teacher’s salaries.
 
May 29th will be our major fundraiser. We need both live and silent auction items, wine and help with sponsorships. Also we will have our wine wheelbarrow so bring two bottles to contribute. Tickets will be $150 and the major benefactor will be Meals on Wheels.
 
On March 5th at Hotel Paradox there will be the Second Harvest dinner. We are being offered an award and we will be given a table for 10. Let Michelle know if you are interested in going.
Dr. Art passed around information on a Rotary trip to Ethiopia sponsored by the Contra Costa club.
 
           Matt spoke to us about measure R, a bond measure for Cabrillo College. Included are infrastructure and technology improvements, as deferred maintenance is a real problem on a 60 year old campus. A new science building, renovation of the library and student services buildings are also on the agenda. It will be a 30 year bond.
        
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recycling

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Every first Monday is membership Monday. Come and have a drink and bring potential new members. Every second Tuesday is for new red badgers. These are both at 5:30 to 7:00 PM and are at Aptos Seascape.
Sandi announced that we will be accepting applications for RYLA. If you know any Sophomores or Juniors who might be eligible please let Sandi know.
Our beloved John Fisher, member of Capitola Aptos Rotary for many years and inspiration for the RotaCare free clinic passed away on Tuesday. Among other honors he received the Jefferson award as a distinguished volunteer in the Monterey Bay Area.
Al gave us a foundation report. Some of the Campbell funds have been distributed. Bill also mentioned that we still need 121 people for our 1005 participation.
Dr Art announced that we all need to get our flu shots! Talk to him about getting your shot if you haven’t done it this season. It is not too late!
 
 
          Today our speaker spoke about local Recycling efforts. Christina Horvath from Santa Cruz County Department of Public Works gave us an update on recycling efforts in the county as well as new laws that will affect the way we recycle in the coming years.  
 
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Community Grants

 
 
Capitola Aptos Rotary celebrated the work of 20 community organizations in our awards ceremony on December 12.
The awards supported a wide variety of projects in education, the environment, social services and the arts.
Over $20,000 in grants were distributed to the following successful applicants:
 
  1. Digital Nest
  1. For Kids Foundation
  1. Friends of SC Libraries
  1. Gravity Water
  1. Grey Bears
  1. Helping Hands
  1. Kid Power
  1. Learn to Discover
  1. Mid County Homeless Coalition
  1. O'Neill Sea Odyssey
  1. Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes
  1. Safe Schools Project
  1. Santa Cruz City Schools
  1. Seymour Marine Center
  1. Teen Kitchen
  1. You Are Enough Yoga Project
  1. Santa Cruz Symphony
  1. Save our Shores
  1. Shared Adventures
 
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christmas

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Dec 08, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Every first Monday is membership Monday. Come and have a drink and bring potential new members. Every second Tuesday is for new red badgers 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Both of these are at Aptos Seascape.
Our community grant award day will be next week, December 12th  at 12:00. All are welcome to help us celebrate the many good things being done in our community.
December the 8th (this Sunday) is Keith’s annual Christmas party! It is at his house at 4:00.
Remember we are dark on the 26th of December and on the 2nd of January.
Sandi announced that we will be accepting applications for RYLA. If you know any Sophomores or Juniors who might be eligible please let Sandi know.
 
This week we were entertained by the music of Sam Nigh and Higher Ground.  They sang Christmas songs and gospel music. We sang along and good holiday time was had by all!
 
 
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biomedical engineering

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 22, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
On the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00 the club will have social gatherings here. It is a chance to introduce new friends and prospective members to our club! The next one is December 5th!
The “Second Badge Tuesday” for new red badgers will be held on the Dr. second Tuesday of every month. 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Our community grant award day had been postponed. It will be December 12th  at 12:00. All are welcome to help us celebrate the many good things being done in our community.
December the 8th is Keith’s annual Christmas party. It is at his house at 4:00. A sign up list will go around in the next few weeks.
Remember next week is Thanksgiving and we are dark!
Veterans memorial hall courtyard renovation project is being sponsored by Santa Cruz rotary club. You can donate a brick by going to www.santacruzrotary.com
Our speaker today was Dr. David L. Bernick with two of his students Marcella Mirabelli and Liana Beld (see above) . His address was on biomolecular engineering and he discussed ways that synthetic biology enables social change. They just came back from Boston where they won a silver medal for their work.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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annual club

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 09, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
On the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00 the club will have social gatherings here. It is a chance to introduce new friends and prospective members to our club! The next one is December 5th!
The “Second Badge Tuesday” for new red badgers will be held on the second Tuesday of every month. 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Our community grant award day has been postponed. It will be December 12th  at 12:00. All are welcome to help us celebrate the many good things being done in our community.
December the 8th is Keith’s annual Christmas party. It is at his house at 4:00. A sign up list will go around in the next few weeks.
Sunday Nov 17th is our next beach clean-up. This one will be at Rio del Mar at 1:00 in the afternoon, not in the AM as we have traditionally done. Brings gloves and a bucket if you can and wear tour Rotary t-shirts!
Our next meeting, November 14th, the club is taking a field trip to Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville. Our regular board meeting will be held at the Clubhouse, however, at 11:00.
 
Today the club held our annual club assembly.  Several cnotable activitie especially reflect the work of Rotary in our community and the world.
Local foundation scholarships The Piatt fellowship is awarded each year to a local student who is a graduate student at UCSC. We also fund scholarships for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) and six to eight scholarships per year to students graduating from both Aptos and Soquel High Schools.  This year we are beginning to discuss expanding our scholarship efforts to include Cabrillo College.
Community grants This year we will award 20 grants to non profit community agencies who are involved in a  number of efforts on our community . this includes programs for youth, older adults, the arts, the environment , education and social services for the homeless.
Rotary International Foundation: Rotary worldwide has been instrumental in the defeat of polio world wide. November is the month of our campaign and each member is encouraged to give so that we have 100% participation. Half our donations come back to us in the form of DDF or district designated funds which we have used for local  and international projects, including this past year a water project with Santa Cruz Sunrise Club, RotaCare, our local free health clinic and Rising International, to prevent human trafficking.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Jeopardy

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 31, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
On the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00 the club will have social gatherings here. It is a chance to introduce new friends and prospective members to our club! The next one is November 5th!
The second badge Tuesday for new red badgers will be held on second Tuesday of every month. 5:30 to 7:00.
Our community grant award day will be December 5th. All are welcome to help us celebrate the many good things being done in our community.
December the 8th is Keith’s annual Christmas party. It is at his house at 4:00. A sign up list will go around in the next few weeks.
Nov 17th is our next beach clean-up. This one will be at Rio del Mar in the afternoon, not in the AM as we have traditionally done.
On November 14th the club is taking a field trip to Second Harvest Food Bank.
 
Veronica Udura our Piatt fellow spoke to us today. She is originally from Watsonville. She is pursuing a PhD degree in molecular biology. Her work focuses on ways that might eventually help to treat cancer.
Ron Morris from PG and E spoke to us about the power outages. There are tiers 1 2 and 3. 2 and 3 are the most at risk areas due to being heavily wooded. He said PG & E cannot be responsible for fires in our area. They look at wind direction and humidity levels and fire threat and then look at our circuits. We are fed from two places: Moss Landing and another feed that comes up over the mountains into the Green Valley substation. We have Rio del Mar sub, the Rob Roy sub (by Aptos High) and Paul Sweet sub by Dominican. In this last outage we had 22 circuits affected that had to be looked at once they ended the outages.  
 
Leslie Frates, well-known Bay area Jeopardy winner was our featured speaker today.
          
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museum

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 24, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
On the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00 the club will have social gatherings here. It is a chance to introduce new friends and prospective members to our club! The next one is November 5th!
The second badge Tuesday for new red badgers will be hfweld on second Tuesday of every month. 5:30 to 7:00.
Our community grant award day will be December 5th. All are welcome to help us celebrate the many good things being done in our community.
Today is world polio day. We received news that wild polio virus type 3e has been eradicated worldwide. Our goal is for every Rotarian to contribute to the cause of eradicating remaining types of polio and the campaign will begin in two weeks.
December the 8th is Keith’s annual Christmas party. It is at his house at 4:00. A sign up list will go around in the next few weeks.
Board meeting next week Oct 31st (Halloween!) at 11:00. Feel free to come in costume!
Nov 17th is our next beach clean-up. This one will be at Rio del Mar in the afternoon, not in the AM as we have traditionally done.
On November 14th the club is taking a field trip to Second Harvest Food Bank.
Patrice Keet, Founder of the Museum of Discovery (MOD) and Rhiannon Crain, Interim Executive Director were our speakers today. The Museum is in the Capitola Mall and has been serving children in the area for five years.
         
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gravity water

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 06, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Congratulations to Pam Goodman and Matt Wetstein who won Aptos Chamber of Commerce woman and man of the year. The dinner to honor them will be Oct 25th. Tickets will be $85 or $105 for the Rotary Table. See Doug or Michele or their website to sign up.
Starting in October, on the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00 we will have social gatherings here. It is a chance to introduce new friends and prospective members to our club!
The second badge Tuesday for new red badgers will be held on second Tuesday of every month. 5:30 to 7:00.
The second harvest barrel warp  will be held at Second Harvest in Watsonville on Saturday Oct 12th in the morning.
Our community grant award day will be December 5th. All are welcome to help us celebrate the many good things being done in our community.
Art will have senior flu shots at the end of the month. He also spoke about the Indian polio campaign at taj mahal the third thru the fifth of January. See him for more information.
 
          Danny Wright is a local Santa Cruz person who decided a few years ago to address the problem of millions of people who lack clean drinking water. He spoke to us today about his new organization Gravity Water.
          
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red badges

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 27, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Our community grants application is due! It can be downloaded from this website. The deadline for submission is October 1st  so submit now! The awards ceremony will be December 5th.
Congratulations to Pam Goodman and Matt Wetstein who won Aptos Chamber of Commerce woman and man of the year. The dinner to honor them will be Oct 25th. Tickets will be $85 or $105 for the Rotary Table. See Doug or Michele or their website to sign up.
Dagmar announced that beach clean-up day attracted 25 people on Saturday the 21st. Ryan took photos of the day and they appeared in this month’s issue of the Aptos Times! There will be another clean-up in November.
Pam thanked us all for our support for the Alzheimer’s walk. It raised over $20,000!
Starting in October, on the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00 we will have social gatherings here. It is a chance to introduce new friends and prospective members to our club!
Constantine announced the Sunrise Rotary bicycle trip next Saturday. There will be a welcome party from 11:00 to 1:00 for the riders. For details go to Sunrise Rotary website.
Today were our Red Badge talks for Dagmar and Jeff.   (above) These talks give us a chance to find out something about our newest members.
 
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new radio

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 06, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Our community grants application has now been posted. It can be downloaded from this website. The deadline for submission is October 1st and the awards ceremony will be December 5th.
We have scheduled Monday Sept 16th 4:00 at Aptos Seascape to assemble kits for Rising International. These are “safety bracelets” in Rotary colors with information on human trafficking.
Sunday September 15th is the summer fun party at Keith’s at 2:00. To RSVP, sign up at a meeting.
Dagmar announced Sept 21st will be our next beach clean-up at Rio del Mar beach. We did a great job last time picking up 25 lbs of trash which included a large amount of microplastics.
Congratulations to Pam Goodman and Matt Wetstein who won Aptos Chamber of Commerce woman and man of the year. The dinner to honor them will be Oct 25th. Tickets will be $85 or $105 for the Rotary Table . See Doug to sign up.
 
Rachel Goodman was our speaker today. She spoke about community public radio. KSQD 90.7 is the new station she has helped to establish in here. Their motto is ‘many voices one station’.
 
 
 
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destress your children

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 23, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Our community grants application has now been posted. It can be downloaded from this website. The deadline for submission is October 1st and the awards ceremony will be December 5th.
The debunking of the president is rescheduled for Thursday August 29th at Santa Cruz Yacht Club at 5:30. We will be dark for the regular meeting that day.
We have scheduled Monday Sept 16th 4:00 at Aptos Seascape to assemble kits for Rising International. These are “safety bracelets” in Rotary colors with information on human trafficking.
Sunday September 15th is the summer fun party at Keith’s at 2:00. To RSVP, sign up at a meeting.
Dagmar announced Sept 21st will be our next beach clean-up at Rio del Mar beach. We did a great job last time picking up 25 lbs of trash which included a large amount of microplastics.
Congratulations to Pam Goodman and Matt Wetstein who won Aptos Chamber of Commerce man and woman of the year. The dinner to honor them will be Oct 25th. Tickets will be $85 or $105. See Doug to sign up.
Sienna House will be having a dinner and auction on October 5th. See Michele for tickets.
The Piatt fellow Veronica Urabe has been chosen for this year. She is from Watsonville High and Cabrillo and UCSC and getting her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology. She will come and speak to us later this year.
 
          The speaker today was Alayna Hale. A retired teacher, she spoke to us about how to reduce stress and empower your children.
          
 
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team rubicon

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 16, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Our community grants application has now been posted. It can be downloaded from this website. The deadline for submission is October 1st and the awards ceremony will be December 5th.
The debunking of the president is rescheduled for Thursday August 29th at Santa Cruz Yacht Club at 5:30. We will be dark for the regular meeting that day.
We have scheduled Monday Sept 16th 4:00 at Aptos Seascape to assemble kits for Rising International. These are  “safety bracelets” in Rotary colors  with information on human trafficking.
Sunday September 15th is the summer fun party at Keith’s at 2:00. To RSVP, sign up at a meeting.
Dagmar announced Sept 21st will be our next beach clean-up at Rio del Mar beach. We did a great job last time picking up 25 libs of trash which included a large amount of microplastics.
Michele talked about the ‘Sleeves Up’ Rotary sponsored blood drive campaign. Look at your e-mail for more information.
 
          Our speaker today was Adam Peterson from Team Rubicon which provides disaster relief both here in the U.S. and around the world.  It has over 800 veteran volunteers.
          
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water warriors

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 06, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Our community grants application has now been posted. It can be downloaded from this website. The deadline for submission is October 1st and the awards ceremony will be December 5th.
The debunking of the president is rescheduled for Thursday August 29th at Santa Cruz Yacht Club at 5:30. We will be dark for the regular meeting that day.
We have scheduled Tues Sept 17th 4:00 at Aptos Seascape to assemble kits for Rising International. These are ”safety bracelets” with information on human trafficking.
Sunday September 15th is the summer fun party at Keith’s at 2:00. To RSVP, sign up at a meeting.
Dagmar announced Sept 20th will be our next beach clean up at Rio del Mar beach. We did a great job last time picking up 25 libs of trash which included a large amount of microplastics.
 
          Al introduced Jim Zenner from Santa Cruz Rotary Club. He spoke to us about their trips to Kenya and India this past year, where they administered polio vaccines and did Rotary ‘water warriors’ projects which involve installation of clean water systems.  There will be a trip to Guatemala this next January.
    
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medication assisted treatment

Posted on Jul 29, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Our community grants application has now been posted. It can be downloaded from this website. The deadline for submission is October 1st and the awards ceremony will be December 5th.
The debunking of the president is rescheduled for Thursday August 29th at Santa Cruz Yacht Club at 5:30. We will be dark for the regular meeting that day.
We have scheduled Tues Sept 17th 4:00 at Aptos Seascape to assemble kits for Rising International. These are ”safety bracelets” with information on human trafficking.
Matthew Morse our scholarship from recipient from Aptos High received his award today. He is going to Gonzaga university where he will major in business and environmental studies.
Dagmar announced this Saturday July 27th is the beach clean-up. Meet right in front of the Rio Café (sometimes called Rio Flats) beach. There is free parking and there will be refreshments! Wear your sunscreen and closed toe shoes.
Sunday September 15th is the summer fun party at Keith’s at 2:00. To RSVP , sign up at a meeting
 
Danny Contreras director of the Medication Assisted Treatment Program for Santa Cruz county was speaker today. He spoke about their program which includes 3 clinics, two in Santa Cruz and one in Watsonville.
      
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Uganda 

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jul 01, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We are currently planning to post the on line application in mid -July.
The debunking of the president is rescheduled for Thursday August 29th at Santa Cruz yacht club at 5:30. We will be dark for the regular meeting that day.
We will be having our fundraiser at Aptos Park on the 4th of July beginning after the parade.  See Al to sign up to help in the booth, with set up or clean up, or by taking cash and checking ID’s.
Ryan and Aaron Bettencourt two of our three Aptos scholarship recipients were here to share with us their plans for the future. Aaron is entering the honors program at Cabrillo to study computer science and Ryan will go the University of Nevada as a pre-med student.
Dr. Art received an award from Rotary International for donating $50,000 to the Polio Plus Program. We have six major donors in our club which is quite exceptional compared to other clubs in our district and around the world.
Second Harvest received its check from our fundraiser today. Suzanne Willis accepted the check for Second Harvest. She thanked us for our support which will fund over 75000 meals and reminded us that Oct 12th is the holiday food drive barrel wrap.
 
Peggy Pollard was here today to speak to the club about a Rotary International project in Uganda  which was supported by the DDF funds of this club.
 
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brain exercise

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 20, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
 
The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We are currently planning to post the on line application in mid -July.
The debunking of the president is rescheduled for Thursday August 29th at Santa Cruz Yacht Club at 5:30. We will be dark for the regular meeting that day.
We will be having our fundraiser at Aptos Park on the 4th of July beginning after the parade.  See Al to sign up to help in the booth with set up or clean up, or by taking cash and checking ID’s.
Saturday June 29th will be Rotary Day at Derby Girls. if you buy your tickets online, still sign up and let us know you will be attending.  Tickets and information at  Santacruzderbygirls.org
June 27th is the RYLA barbecue at Mission Springs. All are welcome.
Dr. Beth Finch, a neuroscientist and experienced researcher, spoke to us today about Lifestyle Factors in Healthy Brain Aging. She is from Durham, North Carolina and received her PhD from Harvard.
 
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 2nd district supervisor

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We are currently planning to post the on line application in mid -July.
The debunking of the president has been postponed. It will be rescheduled as an evening event later in the summer.
We will be having our fundraiser at Aptos Park on the 4th of July beginning after the parade.  See Al to sign up to help in the booth, with set up or clean up or by taking cash and checking ID’s.
Dagmar gave us an update on our participation in Save our Shores. We will again participate in the beach clean-up this year and our kick-off clean up will probably be in July or August.
Saturday June 29th will be Rotary Day at Derby Girls. if you buy your tickets online, still sign up and let us know you will be attending.  Tickets and information at  Santacruzderbygirls.org
June 27th is the RYLA barbecue at Mission Springs. All are welcome.
Our speaker today was Zach Friend, our 2nd district supervisor and an honorary member of the club. His talk emphasized housing, traffic and income gaps in our county.
          
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Habitat for Humanity

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 07, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We will delay the grant awards until fall of 2019 so that we can determine the exact amount of funds we have to distribute. Watch this site for more information.
The debunking of the president will take place at a brunch at 12:00 on June 30th at the Santa Cruz Yacht club. Save the date!
We will be having our fundraiser at Aptos Park on the 4th of July beginning after the parade.  See Al to sign up to help in the booth, with set up or clean up or by taking cash and checking ID’s.
We will again participate in the beach clean-up this year. Save the third Saturday in September!
Matt announced that Saturday June 29th will be rotary day at Derby Girls. if you buy your tickets online, still sign up and let us know you will be attending.  Tickets and information at  Santacruzderbygirls.org
All Rotary club members are invited to a party at Lifespan 600 Frederick St  next Thursday on June 13th 1:00-4:00. Pam and Becky are celebrating the  sale of the business and their won retirement. Come and widh them congratulations!
Sandy announced June 27th is the RYLA barbecue at Mission Springs. She said we should all go and have a wonderful experience!
 
Kristin Fabos, our speaker today, is the director or Marketing and Communications at Cabrillo College. She has been in this position since 2010.  She spoke to us about her volunteer work in Cambodia that involved building a house for a family as part of the Global Village Arm of Habitat for Humanity.
          
 
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our libraries

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 01, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We will delay the grant awards until fall of 2019 so that we can determine the exact amount of funds we have to distribute. Watch this site for more information.
The debunking of the president will take place at a brunch at 12:00 on June 30th at the Santa Cruz Yacht club. Save the date!
We will again be having our  fundraiser at Aptos Park on the 4th of July beginning after the parade.  See Al to sign up to help in the booth or with set up or clean up, or by taking cash and checking ID’s.
We will again participate in the beach clean-up this year. Save the third Saturday in September!
 
Susan Nemitz and Cindy Jackson from the library system were both here at the club to speak to us today. They were both active in getting measure S passed and are bringing our libraries up to date with these funds. We voted for 67 million dollars for the libraries to be modernized and rebuilt. However, it is not enough to do what they need to do and now they are raising funds for each separate project.
          
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oneill  surf

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 27, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We will delay the grant awards until fall of 2019 so that we can determine the exact amount of funds we have to distribute. Watch this site for more information.
 
 
Rachel Kippen was our speaker today. She is the newly appointed director for O’Neill Sea Odyssey and she spoke on the importance of diversity in environmental issues and plastic pollution in the ocean, especially focusing on Monterey Bay.  She has worked as a marine science educator for some years in various sites around California but is originally from Hawaii.
 
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us census

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 17, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We will delay the grant awards until fall of 2019 so that we can determine the exact amount of funds we have to distribute. Watch this site for more information.

Win announced the district conference will be May 18 and 19th at the U.S.S Hornet in Alameda. Go to  www.rotarydistrict5170.org to register.

Doug announced we will be giving three scholarships to Aptos High School and three to Soquel High School seniors to be awarded at a ceremony for graduating seniors. Congratulations to all recipients!

The meeting today began with Josh Sellers, Congressman Panetta’s local congressional aide spoke to us today about what is going on in congress. The Climate Action Now act is one of the bills that the congressman sponsored and has passed in the House.It holds the president responsible for upholding the Paris Accords.

Our speakers today, Tory Del Fevero and Christina Granados are partnership specialists with the United States Census Bureau. They spoke about the importance of participating in the 2020 census.

 

 

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opera at ucsc

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 09, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We will delay the grant awards until fall of 2019 so that we can determine the exact amount of funds we have to distribute. Watch this site for more information.

Win announced the district conference will be May 18 and 19th at the U.S.S Hornet in Alameda. Go to  www.rotarydistrict5170.org to register.

The fundraiser was a huge success raising approximately $40,000 for Second Harvest and our community grants. Thanks to all of you who worked so hard to make it a success. (P.S.  If you have made a pledge or need to pay for a silent auction item remember to turn the money into Michele as soon as you can!)

Doug announced we will be giving three scholarships to Aptos High School and three to Soquel High School seniors. Congratulations to all recipients!

Sheila Willey was our speaker today. She is the artistic director of opera at UCSC. She also appears with Santa Cruz Chamber Players and other local groups and has sung diverse roles throughout the Bay area. She is currently preparing the Pirates of Penzance which is opening May 30th.

 

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UCSC Fellow

Posted on May 03, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We will delay the grant awards until fall of 2019 so that we can determine the exact amount of funds we have to distribute. Watch this site for more information.

Win announced the district conference will be May 18 and 19th at the U.S.S Hornet in Alameda. Go to  www.rotarydistrict5170.org to register.

The fundraiser was a huge success raising approximately $40,000 for Second Harvest and our community grants. Thanks to all of you who worked so hard to make it a success. (P.S.  If you have made a pledge or need to pay for a silent auction item remember to turn the money into Michele as soon as you can!)

Keith announced that his party on Cinco de Mayo will be on a cold day so dress warmly. There is not a lot of parking: carpool if you can.

 

          Sandy introduced Alexy Munishkin who is the Piatt fellow for this year and a graduate of SCHS and UCSC. He spoke about safe navigation of autonomous vehicle (or self-driving vehicles!).  

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Dr Paul Hoffman

Today's program was Dr. Paul Hoffman - Understanding and Using Medical Marijuana
 
Announcements:
 
Sending healthy and positive thoughts to President Pam! 
 
Cinco De Mayo party at Keith's house...make sure you RSVP
 
Sign up to attend the Lacy J Dalton Concert hosted by Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley Rotary Clubs
 
Roast of John Laird - Fundraiser benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank and other local charities. - April 26th. Sign up online under events on our website or Second Harvest's website. We are still looking for Sponsors and silent auction items. Our live auction looks fantastic!
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community bridges

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 25, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

We will be having our major fundraiser April 26th  to benefit Second Harvest. It will be a roast of John Laird.  It should be very entertaining. Save the date and plan to attend.

Our Polio Plus campaign begins on the first of March and runs thru  April 30th. The goal is for every Rotarian to donate $50. This will be matched on a 2:1 basis by the Gates foundation.

April 6th is the district training assembly from 8-2 at the Biltmore hotel in Santa Clara. See Doug for more information.

April 14th is the Lacy J. Dalton concert at Roaring Camp in Felton. It begins at 1:00 and ends at 5:00. Tickets will be available on line thru the Scotts Valley Rotary website. There is a rumor that if come you will see our own Thomasjohn on the bass!!

The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We will delay the grant awards until fall of 2019 so that we can determine the exact amount of funds we have to distribute. Watch this site for more information.

 

 

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speech contest

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 14, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

We will be having our major fundraiser April 26th  to benefit Second Harvest. It will be a roast of John Laird.  It should be very entertaining. Save the date and plan to attend.

Wed Feb 20th from 4:00 to 7:00 will be Aptos area Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. We will have a booth there. If you signed up to help, please be there.  

Our Polio Plus campaign begins on the first of March and runs thru  April 30th. The goal is for every Rotarian to donate $50. This will be matched on a 2:1 basis by the Gates foundation.

April 6th is the district training assembly from 8-2 at the Biltmore hotel in Santa Clara. See Pam for more information.

The Area 7 speech contest will be Mar 6th at SLV high school at 3:30 in the afternoon. Come and support our winner Holden Barker! 

Mar 15th  is Rotary Day at the Warriors. A link will be posted on the Santa Cruz Rotary website for ticket purchase. .

April 14th is the Lacy J. Dalton concert at Roaring Camp in Felton. It begins at 1:00 and ends at 5:00. Tickets will be available on line thru the Scotts Valley Rotary website. There is a rumor that if come you will see our own Thomasjohn on the bass!!

The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We will delay the grant awards until fall of 2019 so that we can determine the exact amount of funds we have to distribute. Watch this site for more information.

Today was our area speech contest. Participants included: from Soquel High School Annie Nigh, Sophie Nigh, Stuart Morse, Maddie Piona, Roxie Harris, Aliya Ware, and Stella Gordon and from Aptos High: Emily Marschall Niswonger and Holden Barker. The winners were: third place ($50) Maddy Piona, second place $(100) Annie Nye and first place ($200) Holden Barker.Congratulations to all participants for a job well done!

 

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Uganda safari

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 01, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Michelle reminded us that we will be having our major fundraiser April 26th. It will be a roast of John Laird.  It should be very entertaining.

February 14th will be the speech contest for high school seniors in the area. ] Please come early that day, no later than noon. We may have as many as 10 contestants so we will need every minute!  If you are a volunteer, come a bit earlier.

There will also be a board meeting on the 14th. Because of the speech contest it will begin at 10:30 and end promptly at 11:30.

Wed Feb 20th from 4:00 to 7:00 will be Aptos area Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. We will have a booth there. You can sign up to help with Doug Deaver.

          Our speaker today was Peggy Pollard who spoke to us about the Rotary safari to Kasese Uganda. It is part of a Rotary Global Grant for clean water. The trip is planned to be this April from the 1st – 15th.

    

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cell phone assessment

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 25, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Michelle reminded us that we will be having our major fundraiser April 26th. It will be a roast of John Laird.  It should be very entertaining.

February 14th will be the speech contest for high school seniors in the area. Save the date!  Doug will send around a sign-up sheet to assist.

There will be a meeting of the club foundation on Jan 31st at 11:00. That same day there will also be a meting of the community grant committee at 10:00 AM. All are welcome to come.

Wed Feb 20th from 4:00 to 7:00 will be Aptos area Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. We will have a booth there. You can sign up to help with Doug Deaver.

         Our speaker today was Nima Jafarian. He is the co-founder of ACI research labs. He has over 10 years of experience in R and D and multiple graduate degrees. He spoke today about a new method of cognitive assessment that he has developed recently that can be accessed by your cell phone.

     

         

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palliative care

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 17, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Michelle reminded us that we will be having our major fundraiser April 26th. It will be a roast of John Laird.  It should be very entertaining.

February 14th will be the speech contest for high school seniors in the area. Save the date!  Doug will send around a sign-up sheet to assist.

The Aptos Times will be doing an article on RotaCare. Look for it!

There will be a meeting of the club foundation on Jan 31st at 11:00. That same day there will also be a meting of the community grant committee at 10:00 AM. All are welcome to come.

Wed Feb 20th from 4:00 to 7:00 will be Aptos area Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. We will have a booth there. You can sign up to help with Doug  Deaver.

Margaret Putnam-Pite, LCSW was our speaker today (pictured at right above). She has spent many years in the field of palliative care (which includes hospice) and has now opened a private practice in this field. The goal of her practice is improving quality of life for those affected by a life-threatening illness.

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Vietnam

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 10, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Michelle reminded us that we will be having our major fundraiser April 26th. It will be a roast of John Laird.  It should be very entertaining.
Today was Keith’s 93 birthday! We wish him a lovely day!
February 14th will be the speech contest for high school seniors in the area. Save the date!
The Aptos Times will be doing an article on RotaCare. Look for it!
Brenda announced that Rising International could use help with bookkeeping. It you can help, speak to Carmel Jud at (831-429-RISE)
Today’s speaker was Lew Jennings (on the right above) author of 19 minutes to live: Helicopter combat in Vietnam, a memoir of his years there.  The title refers to the average time to live for a helicopter pilot in the worst days of the war. Lew flew over 700 combat missions. He gave us a review of the use of helicopters in warfare as well gripping stories of life on the battlefield.
         
          
 
 
 
 
 
          
         
         
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Kaiser Permanente

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 05, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Next week there will be a board meeting at 11:00. Among other items we will be discussing community grants and the fundraiser.

Michelle announced that we will be having our major fundraiser April 26th. It will be a roast of John Laird.  It should be very entertaining.

 

          Our speaker today, Rick Bar, (pictured above with past president Pam Goodman) is the area director for account management from Kaiser Permanente.  He has several advanced degrees including one in international business administration and is on the board of directors of the Aptos Chamber of Commerce.  

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Rising International

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Dec 21, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Dr. Art announced we will have another weed pulling day. He will send out details in e-mail.

Craig Matthews today received his blue badge.

William Gray received his Paul Harris-plus-Four pin today. Congratulations Bill!

We received our DDF award today! Approximately half of the money will go to Rotacare and half to Rising International. This is a cooperative project and you will hear more about our contributions of time and labor in the future.

Next week (December 27th) is dark! See you in two weeks (Jan 3rd). Happy holidays to all! 

Carmel Judd spoke to us today about Rising International (on the right above with supportive club member Kendra Cleary). It began 20 years ago focusing internationally on human trafficking , then tackled human trafficking here in our own community.

 

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new members

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Dec 07, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Remember your Rotary Foundation pledges are due! You can pay up till December 15th. See John Fisher.
Dr. Art announced we will have another weed pulling day. He will send out details.
The regularly scheduled board meeting is cancelled next week, December 13th .  We will meet as usual on the second Thursday in January.
 
Today three new (red badge) members presented to us sharing their lives and backgrounds. They were: 
 
Marie Moseley
 
Michael Herlevi
 
Dave Dematteus
 
         Michael was born in Guam. He lived in Washington and went to Pacific Lutheran University and
went into the Army through ROTC.  He worked for Pfizer for many years. He is now a financial advisor for
Edward Jones. He has one son and loves golf!
 
          Marie Moseley is a teacher who has taught reading and cross cultural classes here in Aptos and
in Alaska and Germany among other places. She had unusual pets including two tarantulas.  She told us many 
interesting stories about her travels including a trip to Katmandu and one to Kenya. She likes

photography and is learning to play the ukulele.

         Dave has lived pretty much his whole life in the bay area. He is a transfer from the Los Altos club.

He went to UC Berkeley where he studied accounting.  He did public accounting  and was a

specialist in real estate accounting and then moved on to commercial real estate. He has two

daughters and granddaughters and enjoys water sports.

 
 
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red badge talk 

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 29, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERs

Keith reminded us that the annual Christmas party will be December 2nd at his house at 4:00. 

Remember your Rotary Foundation pledges are due in November but you can pay up till December 15th. See John Fisher.

Dr. Art announced we will have another weed pulling day. He will send out details.  

Taylor Brevis from Congressman Panetta’s office gave us a legislative update. She said the Congressman is focused on the farm bill. She also spoke about his focus on the need to have a budget and not a government shutdown. In the new session, they will renew the voting rights act. The first piece of legislation will be on conflict of interest laws. It will focus on reining in dark money in politics. Other issues to be addressed in the new session will be lowering prescription drug prices, immigration reform and environmental protection.

 

 

We had two red badge speakers today. The first was Trish Glassey.   She was born in Hawaii then moved to California. She did undergraduate work at UCSC and graduate work at Univ of Michigan and worked in politics and program analysis for many years, among them as an aide for Leon Panetta! Welcome Trish!

Matt Wetstein , our second red badger, also worked in politics as an aide for Paul Simon.  His dissertation was on abortion politics in the U.S and it turned into a book on abortion rates in the U.S., one of the first studies to look at all fifty states. He is in his ninth month as President of  Cabrillo College and loves it and loves being here. Welcome Matt!

 

 

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cycling across america

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 16, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERs

Keith announced that the annual Christmas party will be December 2nd at his house at 4:00. Please sign up on the sign-up sheet and indicate how many in your party.

Remember your Rotary Foundation pledges are due in November. See John Fisher to pay.

Sandy introduced our Piatt fellow from UCSC, Alexey Munishkin. He is a post grad student in the field of electrical and computer engineering department. He is studying programming related to robotics and automation and how to incorporate safety and time efficiency into areas such as air traffic control and automotive guidance systems. 

Remember next week is dark for Thanksgiving!

 

Chris Figureida was here today to speak about Cycle for the Heart, a program of Heluna Health, part of the American Heart Association. He described for us his first cross country ride. 

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rehab facility

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 09, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERs

Keith announced that the annual Christmas party will be December 2nd at his house at 4:00. Please sign up and indicate how many of you are coming.

Kate announced that the symphony league’s big fundraiser home tour will be December 1st and 2nd. See her for tickets….

Next Thursday is the Foundation Board Meeting at 11:00.

Remember your Rotary Foundation pledges are due in November. See John Fisher to pay.

Next Thursday November 15th there is a fundraiser for Rising International at the tech museum in San Jose. A special price for Rotarians has been set at $125. If you wish to go see Pam or Doug.

 

 

Our speakers today were Cynthia Chase and Sgt. Karen Wells from the re-entry and rehabilitation Rountree facility in Watsonville.  The new facility was opened in July of this year. The facility is funded by AB 109 and SB 1022  for “prison realignment”.

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Cabrillo College

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 02, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERs

This Saturday November 3rd the club will be doing weeding at the The Farm Park in Soquel, a project for the restoration of Native Plants. The park is up from Soquel Drive (near Fairway). Go north on Harden, then to the right on Tee. This will replace our usual beach clean-up. 

There is a club board meeting on November 8th at 11:00. All are welcome. We will be hearing a presentation about the Capitola library.

Keith announced that the annual Christmas party will be December 2nd at his house. Please sign up on the sign-up sheet and indicate how many you of you are coming.

Kate announced that the home tour will be December 1st and 2nd for th symphony league’s big fundraiser.  See her for tickets….

 

 

      Today our club heard a presentation from two political science professors from Cabrillo  College. Cabrillo President Matt Wetstein introduced Rory 0’Brien and Nick Rowell from the Department of Political Sciences.  Dr. O’Brien focuses on forces in American politics and served two terms as faculty president.  Dr. Rowell teaches courses on comparative government and has a research focus on Latin American politics.

 

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Beach and Boardwalk

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 26, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERs

We will be doing weeding at the The Farm Park in Soquel, a project for the restoration of Native Plants. The park is up from Soquel Drive (near Fairway). Go north on Harden, then to the right on Tee. It will be Saturday November 3 at 9:00 AM. This will replace our usual beach clean-up. 

 

 

 

Today the club was welcomed at the Seaside company where Wes Walker gave us a presentation about the Seaside company and the security division and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.    

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district governor

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 12, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERs

The dedication for Leo’s Haven will be Oct 13th.  The address is 1975 Chanticleer Ave and the festivities will take place from 10:00 to 2:00. If you signed up to help set up please arrive by 8:30.

We will be doing weeding at the The Farm Park in Soquel, a project for the restoration of Native Plants. The park is up from Soquel Drive (near Fairway): north on Harden, then to the right on Tee. It will be Saturday November 3 at 9:00 AM. This will replace our usual beach clean-up. 

Friday Oct 26th will be the date for the dinner honoring our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s Woman of the Year. Make checks out to Aptos Seascape for $85 and give them to Doug to reserve our table.

 

 

          Our district governor Tim Lundell was our speaker today. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and came to California in 1972 to attend law school at Santa Clara University, and to start a law practice which continues today. 

 

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mystery writing

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 05, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERs
The dedication for Leo’s Haven will be Oct 13th.  The address is 1975 Chanticleer Ave from 1 and the festivities will take place from 10:00 to 2:00
We will be doing weeding at the The Farm Park in Soquel, a project for the restoration of Native Plants. The park is up from Soquel Drive (near Fairway): north on Harden, then to the right on Tee. It will be Saturday November 3 at 9:00 AM. This will replace our usual beach clean-up. 
The District Governor’s visit is scheduled for Oct 11th. We will meet in the big room that day.
Friday Oct 26th will be the date for the dinner honoring our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s Woman of the Year. Make checks out to Aptos Seascape for $85 and give them to Doug to reserve our table.
Sandie will be honored by the Volunteer Center for a "Be the Difference" award at a luncheon at the Coconut Grove on Wed, Oct 24, 11:30.  If interested in going see Pam.
Remember to turn in your Rotary Foundation Pledge Cards to John Fisher in the next two weeks! We would like to have them turned in before the district governors visit!
Peggy Townsend was our speaker today. She writes for UCSC and is a former Sentinel journalist. She is currently a mystery writer and spoke to us today about her career transition. The title of her first book is See Her Run.
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libraries

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 27, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Come and participate in the Sunrise Rotary bike ride event for Leo’s Haven on Saturday Sept 29th or help with clean-up on Saturday October 6th. The dedication itself will be at the park at 1975 Chanticleer on October 13th from 10:00 to 2:00

We will be doing weeding at the The Farm Park in Soquel, a project for the restoration of native plants. The park is up from Soquel Drive ,north on Harden, right on Tee. It will be Saturday November 3 at 9:00 AM. This will replace our usual beach clean-up. 

Avenues of Service will be on Oct 4th from 4:00-9:00. The club will pay the fee of $49.50 if you wish to go. See Pam for more information.

The District Governor’s visit is scheduled for Oct 11th. We will meet in the big room that day.

Friday Oct 26th will be the date for the dinner honoring our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s Woman of the Year. Make checks out to Aptos Seascape for $85 and give them to Doug to reserve our table.

Sandie will be honored by the Volunteer Center for a "Be the Difference" award at a luncheon at the Coconut Grove on Wed, Oct 24, 11:30.  If interested in going see Pam.

Dr. Art will be bringing flu vaccine the next few weeks for those both over and under 65.

Sept 29th will be the Freedom and Watsonville Rotary Clubs Burrito Bash at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds.  There will be great food and entertainment. Go and support our neighbor clubs! 

Remember to turn in your Rotary Foundation Pledge Cards to John Fisher in the next two weeks! We would like to have them turned in before the district governor's visit!

 

Cindy Jackson spoke to us today about the state of the libraries. She is on the Friends of the Library board at the La Selva Beach branch .

 

 

 

 

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Assemblyman Mark stone

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 21, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Come and participate in the Sunrise Rotary bike ride event for Leo’s Haven on Saturday Sept 29th or sign up with Doug to help with clean-up on Saturday October 6th. The dedication itself will be at the park at 1975 Chanticleer on October 13th from 10:00 to 2:00

Avenues of Service will be on Oct 4th from 4:00-9:00. The club will pay the fee of $49.50 if you wish to go. See Pam for more information.

The District Governor’s visit is scheduled for Oct 11th. We will meet in the big room that day.

Friday Oct 26th will be the date for the dinner honoring our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s Woman of the Year. Make checks out to Aptos Seascape for $85 and give them to Doug to reserve our table.

Dr Art will be bringing flu vaccine the next few weeks for those both over and under 65.

Sept 29th will be the Freedom and Watsonville Rotary Clubs Burrito Bash at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds.  There will be great food and entertainment. Go and support our neighbor clubs! 

Remember to turn in your Rotary Foundation Pledge Cards to John Fisher in the next two weeks! We would like to have them turned in before the district governor's visit.

          Assemblyman Mark Stone, the assemblyman for District  29 which includes Santa Cruz Count was our speaker today (On the right in photo above). He is in his third term. He is the chair of the judiciary committee and on several other committees including banking and finance.

          

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aptos fire chief

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 14, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Come and participate in the Sunrise rotary bike ride event for Leo’s Haven  on Saturday Sept 29th or help with clean-up the week before the dedication on October 13th.  Clean-up day will be Saturday October 6th.

Avenues of Service will be on Oct 4th from 4:00-9:00. The club will pay the fee of $49.50 if you wish to go. See Pam for more information.

The District Governor’s visit is scheduled for Oct 11th. We will meet in the big room that day.

Friday Oct 26th will be the date for the dinner honoring our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s Woman of the Year. Make checks out to Aptos Seascape for $85 and give them to Doug to reserve our table.

Dr Art will be bringing flu vaccine the next few week for those both over and under 65.

Sept 29th will be the Freedom and Watsonville Rotary Clubs Burrito Bash at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds.  There will be great food and entertainment. Go and support our neighbor clubs! 

Aaron Lowe, the new fire chief for the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District was our speaker today. He is from Chico and is a 24 year veteran of the Fire Service. He has also served as a member of the U.S. Forest Service’s incident management team

 

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walnut ave women and family center

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 07, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Come and participate in the Sunrise rotary bike ride event for Leo’s Haven  on Saturday Sept 29th or help with clean-up the week before the dedication on October 13th.  Sign up with Doug. More details later.

Avenues of Service will be on Oct 4th from 4:00-9:00. The club will pay the fee of $49.50 if you wish to go. See Pam for more information.

The District Governor’s visit is scheduled for Oct 11th. We will meet in the big room that day.

Friday Oct 26th will be the date for the dinner honoring our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s Woman of the Year. Save the date!

Dr Art will be bringing flu vaccine next week for those both over and under 65.

Sept 29th will be the Freedom and Watsonville Rotary Clubs Burrito Bash at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds.  There will be great food and entertainment. Go and support our neighbor clubs! 

 

Dr. Julie Macecevic from the Walnut Ave Family and Women’s Center was our speaker today (pictured above with Anissa Novak).  Julie is a clinical psychologist who has had years of counseling experience with women and youth. She spent 27 months as a peace corps volunteer in Morocco. 

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Metavivor

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 24, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Keith’s annual summer party will be Sunday August 26th at 3:00. There will be games and refreshments. Bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre to share if you wish!
Save Aug 30th for Win’s debunking. It will begin around 5:30 at Santa Cruz Yacht Club.  Cost is $40 at the door. Please note: The club itself will be dark that day.
Come and participate in the sunrise rotary bike ride event for Leo’s Haven  on Saturday Sept 29th or help with clean-up the week before the dedication on October 13th. See Doug for more details.
There will be an Area 7 Rotary mixer will be on Oct 9th from 5:00-7:00. There is a $5.00 fee for hors d’oeuvre and drinks. This event is just for Rotary members to get to know each other in our area.   
Avenues of Service will be on Oct 4th from 4:00-9:00. The club will pay the fee of $49.50 if you wish to go. See Pam for more information.
Kent benedict spoke to us about a scholarship fund set up in the name of our dearly missed Dr. Stan Hajduk. To donate go to keck.usc.edu/giving/classof1968.
Friday Oct 26th will be the dinner for our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s woman of the year. Save the date!
Dian Corneliussen from Metavivor came to speak to us today about creating awareness for metastatic breast cancer.  She is a local person who retired from the air force, after working on cases of people who did not return from Vietnam.
 
 
 
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Kidpower

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 17, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Keith’s annual summer party will be Sunday August 26th at 3:00. There will be games and refreshments. Bring your favorite to share if you wish!
Save Aug 30th for Win’s debunking. It will begin around 5:00 at Santa Cruz Yacht Club. Note: The club itself will be dark that day.
Saturday August 18th Cabrillo Stage has set aside seats for The Producers for SIRS and CAP Rotary for the 2pm matinee.  If you are interested in joining us tickets are $40 each and can be ordered by calling Cabrillo Stage at (831) 479-6154. 
Saturday August 25th the Derby Girls will be playing at the Santa Cruz City Auditorium at 6:45pm.  General Admission tickets are $17 each and they will help coordinate a section for us. Call the box office at 831-420-5260.
Come and participate in the sunrise rotary bike ride event for Leo’s Haven  on Saturday Sept 29th.  They need our help with volunteers or you can ride and raise money. See Doug for more details.
There will be an Area 7 Rotary mixer will be on Oct 9th from 5:00-7:00. There is a $5.00 fee for hors d’oeuvre and drinks. This event is just for Rotary members to get to know each other in our area.   
Avenues of service will be on Oct 4th from 4:00- 9:00. The club will pay the fee of $49.50 if you wish to go. See Pam for more information
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Our speaker today was Irene Van Der Zande from Kidpower, a non-profit which focuses on personal safety for kids, teens adults and seniors.
 
 
 
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RYLA

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 10, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Keith’s annual summer party will be Sunday August 26th at 3:00. There will be games and refreshments. Bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre to share if you wish!

Our incoming president Michelle Bassi and our Rotacare MD Dr Chandra are both on the ballot for people of the year. Please vote! The voting deadline is Aug 13th at 5:00 PM and you can vote on a paper ballot or electronically at www.aptoschamber.com.

Save Aug 30th for Win’s debunking. It will begin around 5:30 at Santa Cruz Yacht Club.

Becky Peters announced the annual memory walk to benefit Alzheimer’s Association will be Sept 22nd at Seascape Park. If you want to walk with our team, sign up with Becky or you can simply donate any amount.

Rod announced the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Save our Shores at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with Congressman Jimmy Panetta.  It is Saturday Sept 22nd at 6:00 PM. Cost is $175. Tickets are available at saveourshores.org/toast

Saturday August 18th Cabrillo Stage has set aside seats for The Producers for SIRS and CAP Rotary for the 2pm matinee.  If you are interested in joining us tickets are $40 each and can be ordered by calling Cabrillo Stage at (831) 479-6154. 

Saturday August 25th the Derby Girls will be playing at the Santa Cruz City Auditorium at 6:45pm.  General Admission tickets are $17 each and they will help coordinate a section for us. Call the box office at 831-420-5260.

 

Today our own Sandy and Doug spoke to us about the RYLA experience. They covered the history of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, which emphasizes learning leadership qualities and skills.  It began in 1959 in Australia. The first year in our district was 1983 and we have gone on from there. It now costs about $600 for each student and we are allowed to send 4 kids per year; two from Soquel High and two from Aptos High.  

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Aging with Joy

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 03, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
The next will be a board meeting at 11:00 next Thursday (Aug 9th) at Aptos Seascape. All members are welcome to attend.
Keith’s annual summer party will be Sunday August 26th at 3:00. There will be games and refreshments. Bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre to share if you wish!
Our incoming president Michelle Bassi and our Rotacare MD Dr. Chandra are both on the ballot for people of the year. Please vote! The voting deadline is Aug 13th at 5:00 PM and you can vote on a paper ballot or electronically www.aptos chamber.com.
Walnut Ave Women’s Center gave us a sponsorship ticket for their fundraising brunch on Sunday Aug 12th. Let Pam or Michelle know if you wish to go.
Save Aug 30th for Win’s debunking. It will begin around 5:30 at Santa Cruz Yacht Club.
Saturday August 18th Cabrillo Stage has set aside seats for The Producers for SIRS and CAP Rotary for the 2pm matinee.  If you are interested in joining us tickets are $40 each and can be ordered by calling Cabrillo Stage at (831) 479-6154. 
Saturday August 25th the Derby Girls will be playing at the Santa Cruz City Auditorium at 6:45pm.  General Admission ticket ($17 each) and they will help coordinate a section for us. call the box office at 831-420-5260).
Our speaker today was Cathy Cress, MSW. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she is an author and editor of the Handbook of Geriatric Care Management. She spoke today about the quality of life and bringing back joy as we age.
 
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United Way

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jul 26, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

The next board meeting will be on Aug 9th at Aptos Seascape.

Keith’s annual summer party will be Sunday August 26th at 3:00. There will be games and refreshments. Bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre to share if you wish!

Santa Cruz Sunrise Club has a project to bring water to Uganda and their trip will be in January.  If interested let Dr. Art know. He also is a good source of information on all Rotary International projects. These will be e-mailed out as we receive them.

Doug announced that Aptos Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Jimmy Panetta on Tuesday Aug 14th at 11:50 Best Western Seacliff.

Our incoming president Michelle Bassi and our RotaCare MD, Dr. Chandra, are both on the ballot for people of the year. Please vote! The voting deadline is Aug 13th at 5:00 PM and you can vote on a paper ballot or electronically www.aptos chamber.com.

Walnut Ave Women’s Center gave us a sponsorship ticket for their fundraising lunch on Sunday Aug 12th. Let Pam or Michelle know if you wish to go.

Save Aug 30th for Win’s debunking. Location will be announced later.

Keisha Frost, the Chief Executive Officer from United Way was our speaker for the day.  She is a University of Washington graduate who qualified for the 1996 Olympics! She came here in 2012 and was promoted to CEO of United Way this year.

 

         

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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wings

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jul 20, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

There will be a board meeting on July 26th at 11:15 at Aptos Seascape.

Win’s debunking has been rescheduled for August. Watch the website for the final date.

Keith’s annual summer party will be Sunday August 26th at 3:00. There will be games and refreshments. Bring your favorite hors d’ouvre to share if you wish!

Amber Lennon, one our scholarship recipients, received her check today. She spent her summer in Hawaii where she worked on a farm where to make fresh fruits and vegetables available to the Native Hawaiian community. She just graduated from Soquel High and is now going to UC Berkeley.   

Dr. Art announced Santa Cruz Sunrise Club has a project to bring water to Uganda and their trip will be in January.  If interested let Dr. Art know.  

 

Jill Castagnola was our speaker for the day. She is from Wings, an organization that serves the homeless. She is an Aptos resident who taught at Chico state. 

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Kurdish bicycle

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jul 13, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Win shared with us several thank you letters from our community grant recipients.

Walnut Ave Women’s Center has offered us a free ticket to their fundraiser which is August 12th  at  Chaminade as a thank you for club support. If you are interested in going see Pam.

There will be a board meeting on July 26th at 11:00 at Aptos Seascape. There are two potential openings on the board for the 2018-2019 year; if you wish to serve see Pam. 

Win’s debunking has been rescheduled for August. Watch the website for the final date.

Keith’s annual summer party will be Sunday August 26th at 3:00. There will be games and refreshments. Bring your favorite hors d'oeuvre to share if you wish!

Alesa Lightbourne, the author of The Kurdish Bike, a novel about Northern Iraq was our speaker today. Her book has won two international gold medals. Alesa is a UCSC graduate and local professor  and has taught all over the world.

 

  

         

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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fellowship recipient

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 21, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

We are passing around a sign-up sheet for people to work in the Rotary booth on the fourth of July (at the world’s shortest parade!). Other than our major fundraiser, this is our only money raising effort. See Tim for more information

Richard thanked the club for their efforts on his behalf but he can no longer run the beach clean-up so he is interested in finding someone to take over. Al volunteered so go out and support him!

Win shared with us several thank you letters from our community grant recipients.

We also welcomed Matt Wetstein and Victoria Lewis, both of Cabrillo College, as new members of the club.

Win’s debunking has been postponed. It will be held later in July.  

Sandra announced that the RYLA barbecue will be June the 28th at Mission Springs. See Sandra if you wish to share a ride or you can just show up. There is plenty of food.

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Sandra Wallace introduced our guest today, Chad Townsend, a doctoral student in bio-engineering at UCSC who is the recipient of our Rotary fellowship. He was a graduate of SLV high school before going to UCSC.

 

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action against hunger

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Today we honored the recipients of our Rotary scholarships Marisol Hernandez, Joshua Michener and Ethan Abelard (see photos below).

We will be passing around a sign-up sheet for people to work in the Rotary booth on the fourth of July (at the world’s shortest parade!).

O’Neill’s Sea Odyssey will be having a celebration next Sunday the 24th at Cowell beach and dedicating the Circle loop to Jack O’Neill. They need volunteers to help. if you can help see Michelle.

Dr. Art spoke to us about international service. He would like to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in an international projects. One is a polio project in India.  Project fairs also provide another opportunity.

Win’s debunking is in two weeks here at Aptos Seascape, Thurs the 28th  at noon.

Sandra announced that the RYLA barbecue will be that same night (the 28th) at Mission Springs. See Sandra if you wish to share a ride or you can just show up. There is plenty of food.

    Our speaker today was Jeremy Loader from Rise Against Hunger which is collaborating to end hunger. He is a local person and joined Rise Against Hunger in April of this year as program manager for the central coast.

 

    

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community grants awarded

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 09, 2018
Today was a special day for Capitola Aptos Rotary. We awarded grants totaling $18,000 to selected community groups and agencies. Awardees are pictured below. Each agency made a short presentation about the work they do in the community. They are as follows:
 
Cabrillo College Engineering Abroad Program   10 delegates will go abroad
to install water systems in Guatemala.This year will be a special challenge
because they are only ten miles from the volcano!
Dientes Community Dental Care serves over 10,000 patients a year
with dental care for low income and uninsured patients.
Their annual event funds free care for seniors and kids especially.
Digital Nest . is a workforce development center in Watsonville
and Salinas preparing 18-24 preparing them for r full time jobs.
40 youth have already achieved paying jobs or internships. 
For Kids Foundation Monterey Bay – they offer $ for critical needs
of youth from birth to 20 years old.
They operate across three counties. 
Grey Bears -promotes activity and social connections for hundreds
of people in Santa Cruz County .They glean food, about 500,000 lbs a year,
that they deliver to seniors. They also do computer refurbishing.
Helping Hands  provides home repair, balance training classes
and other services for older adults and people with health care needs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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meals on wheels

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 31, 2018
 
Today we awarded a check for $28,403 to Lisa Berkowitz, our local director of Meals on Wheels. She spoke about one driver who even though he is a diabetic is devoted to Meals on Wheels and drives for the organization. She stressed that our grant will keep the program running in difficult times.
Wes Hobbs Chair of the District Rotary Foundation presented an award to Dr. Art Dover for his contribution to Polio Plus. Mr. Hobbs reviewed for us how the money raised is being used. Polio has been virtually eliminated in all but two countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan) and even they have only 8 cases.  They noted Rotary is making a huge impact in the world (with the help of Dr. Dover!)
We reviewed the procedures for awarding our community grants and the recipients of these awards. They include programs such as Dientes, Second Harvest, Walnut Family and Women’s Center and the Volunteer Center Helping Hands Home Repair and Literacy Programs. Next week (June 7th) we will be having our awards ceremony for the recipients. If you are one of our recipient organizations, be sure to attend. It is a wonderful day and a chance to meet other awardees, and network!
 
 
 
 
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Telephonic Museum

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 27, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
The theme for this year’s Rotary district 5170 conference is Celebrate the Past: Create the Future. It is June 1-3 at San Jose State University. You can register online at events.rotarydistrict5170.org.
 
Watsonville Rotary is holding a Maine Lobster Feast on Saturday June 9 2018. Tickets are $100.00. The event will be held at 5:30 at the Harvest Building on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
 
Dr. Art Dover was named Medical Hero by the American Red Cross! If you are interested in attending his awards breakfast at Twin Lakes on June 15th let Al know.
 
Remember to track your volunteer hours in the community! We will  begin collecting those soon.
                
Today the club went off site to view the spectacular JKL American Museum of Telephony in Soquel. It has the most remarkable collection of telephones throughout the ages as well as phone booths, a library, and videos reflecting the history of the telephone.  It is a non-profit organization and admission is free!
 
The tour was led by the owner John K. LaRue and two other colleagues who between them have many years of experience working with telephone utilities both here and abroad.  We all learned many things that we hadn’t known before such as the number of colors phones have come in over the years, and the history of the development of the technology.
The museum welcomes visits by the public but by invitation only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to ask to be invited to visit contact  Mr. LaRue at 831-948-2127 or john@jklmuseum.com.
 
 
 
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Telephone Museum

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 24, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
The theme for this year’s Rotary district 5170 conference is Celebrate the Past: Create the Future. It is June 1-3 at San Jose State University. You can register online at events.rotarydistrict5170.org.
 
Watsonville Rotary is holding a Maine Lobster Feast on Saturday June 9 2018. Tickets are $100.00. The event will be held at 5:30 at the Harvest Building on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
 
Dr. Art Dover was named Medical Hero by the American Red Cross! If you are interested in attending his awards breakfast at Twin Lakes on June 15th let Al know.
 
Remember to track your volunteer hours in the community! We will  begin collecting those soon.
                
Today the club went off site to view the spectacular JKL American Museum of Telephony in Soquel. It has the most remarkable collection of telephones throughout the ages as well as phone booths, a library, and videos reflecting the history of the telephone.  It is a non-profit organization and admission is free!
 
The tour was led by the owner John K. LaRue and two other colleagues who between them have many years of experience working with telephone utilities both here and abroad.  We all learned many things that we hadn’t known before such as the number of colors phones have come in over the years, and the history of the development of the technology.
The museum welcomes visits by the public but by invitation only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to ask to be invited to visit contact  Mr. LaRue at 831-948-2127 or john@jklmuseum.com.
 
 
 
 
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Derby Girls

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 18, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
On May 24th we are going off site to the Museum of Telephony off Rodeo Gulch Rd. Sign up with Pam Goodman and specify your lunch if you plan to go. Meet at Beverly’s on 41st Ave at noon to carpool.
The theme for this year’s district conference is Celebrate the Past: Create the Future. It is June 1-3 at San Jose State University. You can register online at events.rotarydistrict5170.org.
 
Watsonville Rotary is holding a Maine Lobster Feast on Saturday June 9 2018. Tickets are $100.00. The event will be held at 5:30 at the Harvest Building on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
 
Dr. Art Dover was named Medical Hero by the American Red Cross! If you are interested in attending his awards breakfast at Twin Lakes on June 15th let Al know.
 
The annual Bob Swenson memorial golf tournament will be held on June 1st at Seascape Golf Club. Cost is $160.
 
Get the word out about RotaCare! Fliers are available from Brenda.
 
Win has Pollworker applications if you wish to work on election day in June. This is a fundraiser for the club.
 
Remember to track your volunteer hours in the community! We will  begin collecting those soon.
 
Today we had the Santa Cruz Derby Girls here. They’re a non-profit group celebrating their 10th year in our community.  Eileen Hill is the executive director of the group. Jenny Olson and Megan Alpine were also part of the presentation. (It should be noted that all girls have their derby names as well).
 
 
 
        
    
          
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Music in May

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 10, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
On May 24th we are going off site to the Museum of Telephony off Rodeo Gulch Rd. Sign up with Pam Goodman and specify your lunch if you plan to go.
 
The theme for this year’s district conference is Celebrate the Past: Create the Future. It is June 1-3 at San Jose State University. You can register online at events.rotarydistrict5170.org.
 
The club received an application from Victoria Lewis of Cabrillo College to join the club. Her application was approved by the board. If there are comments on the application let Doug Deaver know.
 
If you wish to be a pollworker for the June elections and donate your fee as part of our fundraising efforts, applications are available here or call (831) 454-2060.
 
Watsonville Rotary is holding a Maine Lobster Feast on Saturday June 9 2018. Tickets are $100.00. The event will be held at 5:30 at the Harvest Building on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
 
Dr. Art Dover was named Medical Hero by the American Red Cross! If you are interested in attending his awards breakfast at Twin Lakes on June 15th let Al know
 
         Today we had the pleasure of hearing violinist Rebecca Jackson. She is a founding member of Music in May (see below) . She has performed in many marginalized communities around the world, including refugee camps. She is co-founder of Sound Impact and a graduate of Julliard and UCSC.
         
         
 
 
 
 
 
        
    
          
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Congressman Panetta

Announcements and Reminders
 
Soquel Interact Club will have their annual golf tournament May llth. For more information google Soquel High School Fund /Annual Golf Tournament.
 
The 2018 district conference is June 1st 2nd and 3rd in San Jose. You can sign up at the district website.
 
Next week there is a board meeting at 11:00.
 
On May 24th we will not be meeting here. We are going off site to the Museum of Telephony off Rodeo Gulch Rd. Sign up to go.
 
Our speaker today was Congressman Jimmy Panetta from the 20th Congressional District. He serves on the Ag Committee and its Nutrition and Horticultural research subcommittees as well as the House Armed Services Committee. He is the co-founder of the National Security Task Force and served on the board of the National Marine Sanctuary.
Congressman Panetta spoke about the level of confusion in the federal government at this point including things being said and things being tweeted, both substantiated and unsubstantiated. He said it can get confusing and it truly is an unprecedented time.
         
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Botswana

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Apr 26, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
The Scotts Valley club announced  on Saturday April 28th  they will hold their fundraiser.. Lacy J. Dalton will be singing! Tickets are $40.00. You can get them at www.lacyjdalton.brownpapertickets.com.
 
Soquel Interact Club will have their annual golf tournament May llth. For more information google Soquel High School Fund /Annual Golf Tournament.
 
Three blue badges were distributed today to William Gray, Roy Morter and Dave Dematteis. Welcome to the club!
 
Kelly announced that his year's debunking for Win Fernald will be at June 28th here in Aptos at the Seascape golf club at lunch. The RYLA dinner will be that evening. 
 
Our speakers today were Michelle and Alex Bell. They spoke about their trip to Botswana Africa in November 2016.
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African Safari

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Apr 12, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Remember our major fundraiser tomorrow, Friday April 13th!  A roast for Bruce McPherson will be the highlight.  Come and bring your guest(s) and prepare to bid on our silent auctions items. It should be a wonderful night!
 
 The community grant application deadline has passed. Applications will be reviewed by the end of May and our June 7th meeting will be with the awardees.
The Scotts Valley club announced that they now meet at the Hilton on Monday at 12:15. On Saturday April 28th  they will hold their fundraiser.. Lacy J. Dalton will be singing! Tickets are $40.00. You can get them at www.lacyjdalton.brownpapertickets.com.
Soquel Interact Club will have their annual golf tournament May llth. For more information google Soquel High School Fund /Annual Golf Tournament.
Our speaker today was Doug Brown with his wife Maria, the photographer who took many of the beautiful pictures we saw today.  He spoke about his experiences on the Ntaba African safari.
 
 
 
        
    
          
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        
    
          
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New President of Cabrillo

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Apr 06, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Our application for community grants has been posted. It is on the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th. Please note: The application must be downloaded and filled out off-line then e-mailed in.
 
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th!  A roast for Bruce McPherson will be the highlight!  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies (sanders and drop cloths especially) and volunteers! If you want to add your name to the list see Craig.
 
Rotarian of the week is Michelle for all her hard work on the major fundraiser.
 
Next week is a board meeting at 11:00. The week after is a foundation meeting at the same time.John Fisher announced that we still need $50 from every member for donations for Polio Plus. Contributions will be matched.
 
Our speaker today was Dr. Matthew Wetstein, the new president of Cabrillo College. He has a political science doctorate and started his career as a political science professor. He is the author of a number of articles. He first shared with us a little of his personal background . He comes to us from the central valley, (Stockton), after bring born in the Midwest, (East St. Louis Illinois).  Then he went on to speak about Cabrillo. It currently serves 12000 students in its two sites. Sixty percent (60%) of the students are women. One in five of the students is the first in the family to attend college.
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        
    
          
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learning from adventure

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 29, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Our application for community grants has been posted. It is on the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Please note: The application must be downloaded and filled out off-line then e-mailed in.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th!  A roast for Bruce McPherson will be the highlight!  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies (sanders and drop cloths especially) and volunteers! If you want to add your name to the list see Craig.
Bee announced that we have two winners in the annual Santa Cruz “Best of” survey. Lifespan was runner-up for best senior services and Kyle was runner up for best financial planner.
John Fisher announced that we need to make a $50 donation to the foundation for 100% club participation.
The Soquel High Interactors are having a fundraiser at DeLaveaga Golf Club on May 11th. It is $120 per golfer.
Our speaker today was Dr. David Smith, an accomplished athlete, author and adventurer as well as a marathon swimmer and creator of the NBC show ‘Survival of the Fittest’.  He spoke about testing physical and psychological limits and the importance of getting out of one’s comfort zone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        
    
          
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Veteran's Services

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 22, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
Second Harvest needs volunteers next Saturday (March 24th) to help with food sorting.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies (sanders and drop cloths especially) and volunteers! In the same vein, the Rotarian of the week is Craig Matthews for taking on this big job. If you want to add your name to the list see Craig.
John Fisher announced the Rotary Foundation was honoring Bill Witmer for his contributions.
 
      Dean Kaufman, a Veterans Services Officer from our local Veteran’s Service Office (VS0) at 846 Front Street spoke to use today about Veteran's Benefits.
         Mr Kaufman began by stressing that veterans are part of all of our lives. He first described the four branches of the VA: healthcare, financial benefits (such as the GI bill), cemeteries, and the vet center. Ours is one of the best VA’s (in Livermore) in the country due to an association with Stanford. Two other nearby clinics are Monterey and San Jose. Vets must have an honorable discharge to be eligible for this service.  No computer system links them all together. However, our VSO is a county office, not affiliated with the federal VA.
         
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free apps

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 08, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies and volunteers! To sign up, see Win.
We had two visitors today from the Aptos Chamber of Commerce who are doing a project getting their members to identify where they appear and we were featured today! See us on their website!
Doug announced that Jamie Walton from Aptos High won the area speech contest (as Doug said she smoked ‘em!). Now she goes on to the regional contest. Go Jamie!
 
 
Our speaker today was our own Doug Deaver !  He highlighted websites and phone apps, many of which are free, that we might find helpful.
Want to avoid robocalls? NOMOROBO is an app that makes robo calls only ring once. Similarly, HIYA is a phone app that tells you who’s calling even if you don’t have a record of them.
 
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ice cream

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 05, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which comes with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) applications are due. Awardees go to Mission Springs for a 5 day leadership camp. High school sophomores and juniors are eligible. If you know of someone who could be eligible get an application from Sandy.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies and volunteers! To sign up, see Win.
Doug introduced two Interact members who spoke to us about what is happening at Soquel High. They spoke about their RYLA experience and the Fall Leadership Conference. They also did fundraisers such as gift wrapping and beach clean-up. Ahead is the Polar Plunge!
Our speaker today was Amy Ettinger, a writer who grew up in Silicon Valley. She has written about travel, parenting, health and food and these articles have been published in the New York Times as well as other publications. Today she spoke to us about her book Sweet Spot which is all about ice cream!
       
        
 
 
 
 
 
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services for the homeless

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 22, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Rotary Night at the Warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and enter Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Save the date!
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) applications are due. Awardees go to Mission Springs for a 5 day leadership camp. High school sophomore and juniors are eligible. If you know of someone who could be eligible get an application from Sandy.
Kids Foundation of Monterey Bay is auctioning off an electric bike on Apr 21st. Raffle tickets are $10 each. See Sandy for tickets.
The area speech contest is March 3rd at SLV. Go and support our winner, Jamie Walton.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies and volunteers! To sign up, see Win.
Our speaker today was from the Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center.  Phil Kramer, seen above with Pam Goodman, is  the executive director. He comes from a high-tech background but mid-career decided instead to focus on non-profits in our community.
 
 
 
 
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speech contest

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 15, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Rotary night at the warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and put in Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
Michelle reminded us that the major fundraiser will be Friday April 13th. The committee decided it will be two-part fundraiser for our community grants and Meals on Wheels. Meetings of the fundraiser committee will be on the first and third Thursdays at 11:00. All are welcome to come.
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. We will be setting up starting at around 3:00 if you wish to help. If you have old Rotarian magazines bring them and we’ll hand them out.
Pam Goodman announced that in the month of March we have great speakers lined up. One speaker will share his experience about being in an internment camp, another will tell us about the effect of sports on society and we will be introduced to the new president of Cabrillo College. Come and bring a guest!
Sandy announced that RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) applications are due. Awardees go to Mission Springs for a 5 day leadership camp and our club pays their way.  High school sophomore and juniors are eligible. If you know of someone who could be eligible get an application from Sandy.
Win gave us an update on our Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center project. It is scheduled to take place probably on April 7th,, but it may take more than one day. All Rotary clubs will participate and our club is responsible for painting tables and benches.
UCSC Rotaract will have a fundraisers for Jacob’s Heart and Digital Nest . The date is February 24 12-4 at UCSC Arboretum. Tickets are $30.
Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary will have their annual fundraiser Saturday April 21st 2-5 PM. It is a wine tasting at the Tannery on 1060 River St.  This program benefits the Santa Cruz al Salvador program which provides clean water and sanitation. For more info go to www.wine2water2018.eventbrite.com.
Save the date for the Watsonville Rotary Maine lobster fest. It is $100 on June 9th at 5:30 at the harvest building on the Santa Cruz county fairgrounds.
         Today was the chapter speech contest. Talented students from area high schools (Soquel and Aptos) competed for scholarships, speaking on a variety of topics, but all incorporating the Rotary 4 way test.  The third place ($50) winner was Katherine Walton,  The second place winner ($100)  was  Annie Nye and the first place winner ($200) was Jamie Walton.  Winners will compete in the area contest in April and those winners will go on to the district contest.
 
         
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emergency preparedness

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 08, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the right hand corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
 
The club speech contest is next week. We will meet in the big room.
 
Rotary night at the warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and put in Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
 
Michelle announced that the major fundraiser will be Friday April 13th. The committee decided it will be two-part fundraiser for our community grants and Meals on Wheels. Meetings of the fundraiser committee will be on the first and third Thursdays at 11:00. All are welcome to come.
 
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. We will be setting up starting at around 3:00 if you wish to help.
         Our speaker today was Mary Edmund who is the executive director from CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams). It is based on the theory of neighbors helping neighbors. It is run by the CERT Auxiliary, a local non-profit. Our branch is associated with the Aptos La Selva Fire District.
        
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Aging in Place

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 02, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail in applications by April 13th.
 
John Fisher awarded Karen her five star Paul Harris Pin!
There will be a board meeting next week at 11:00.
 
Rotary night at the warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and put in Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
 
Michelle announced that the major fundraiser will be Friday April 13th. The committee decided it will be two part fundraiser for our community grants and Meals on Wheels. Meetings will be on the first and third Thursday at 11:00.
 
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
 
         Jessica Bukowinski, outreach coordinator for Village Santa Cruz was our speaker today. They are a network of Santa Cruz County residents who are working to support aging in place by providing asocial connections, intergenerational interaction and practical assistance.
       
 
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Bird atlas

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 25, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  

Please return your application via email by April 13th.’

 

John awarded Michelle Bassi a Polio Plus pin for her contributions.
If we have eligible contestants, the speech contest will be held February 15th. Sign up to help with judging, scoring or greeting.
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
RYLA applications are out now. Get them from Sandra if you know of students who are eligible (freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school).
June 23-27th is the international convention this year in Toronto.
         Our three speakers today were from the Santa Cruz County Bird Club. Stephanie Singer is a board member. Lisa, the president of the bird club was the second presenter. Third, was Alex Rinkert who conducts bird research and habitat restoration and has led more than 200 birding trips.
         
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grand jury

Posted on Jan 18, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotary Warrior night will be March 2nd. Find it on the internet by putting in Rotary Warriors Santa Cruz for tickets.
The speech (the club only) contest will be February 15th. Sign up to help with judging, scoring or greeting.
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
RYLA applications will go out later this month. Get them from Sandra if you know of students who are eligible (freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school).
The Rotaract club is holding its 2nd annual large scale fundraiser on February 24th which will support Jacobs Heart and Digital Nest. It will be from 12-4 at the UCSC arboretum. For more information or tickets go to rotaractfair.eventbrite.com. They also have individuals available for tasks around your house as another fundraiser.
Applications will be on the website for community grants by the end of January. April 13th will be date to turn in the applications.
Taylor spoke to us about happenings at Congressman Panetta’s office and what their actions have been this past year. He has been working on issues such as health care, immigration and preventing oil drilling off our coast.
 
John Fry was our speaker today. He has an MBA and a PhD and has a construction group CDN Crocker Frye.  He has many years of community service and is currently developing Founder’s Markets neighborhood grocery stores. He has just completed a year of service on the grand jury and spoke to us about that today.
        
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voter registration

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 11, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Next Thursday the 18th is the Foundation Board Meeting at 11:00.
Michelle announced that Friday April 13th will be the date for roasting Bruce McPherson.  The first fundraising meeting is to determine whether we will focus on one non-profit or fund our ongoing community programs
Our club will be helping to paint and/or refinish benches and tables at the Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center in the upcoming year. Stay tuned for more details.
Rotarians of the week are the Pam and Bee for putting together our programs!
Rotary Warrior night will be March 2nd. Find it on the internet by putting in Rotary Warriors Santa Cruz for tickets.
The speech (the club only) contest will be February 15th. Sign up to help with judging, scoring or greeting.
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
CASA Friends luncheon will be February 7th. 
RYLA applications will go out later this month. Get them from Sandra if you know of students who are eligible (freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school).
Paul Harris plus foundation pin went to Brenda Mee today.
 
Our speaker today was Gail Pellerin, pictured above with Bee Peters. She is Santa Cruz County Registrar of Voters. She manages all the elections conducted in the county and does civil marriages and voter registration as well as many other responsibilities. She covered a number of new laws concerning voting as well as what is upcoming in the two 2018 elections.
 
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digital nest

Posted on Jan 05, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
Next Thursday the 11th is the board meeting at 11:00 and the following Thursday is the foundation board meeting.
John Fisher announced that Richard is the recipient of his second thousand dollar pin.
Michelle announced that Friday April 13th will be the date for roasting Bruce McPherson.  The first fundraising meeting is to determine whether we will focus on one non-profit or fund our ongoing community programs
Win spoke about the President’s dinner. He told us there were only 20 new cases of polio last year.. a huge accomplishment for Rotary International. We are also going to start tracking our volunteer hours.
Our club will be helping to paint the Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center in the upcoming year. Stay tuned for more details.
Dr. Art announced that the flu epidemic has come to California and it is still possible to get a flu shot.
Sandra reminded us the RYLA applications will be out soon. Let her know if you are aware of Soquel and Aptos high school kids who might be interested.
 
 
Jacob Martinez from Digital Nest was our speaker today. They have recently added a second center and are now in Salinas as well as Watsonville. 1700 kids have now participated in their program since its inception 3 years ago.  This is one of the projects funded by Capitol Aptos Rotary through our community grants program.
 
 
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higher ground

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Dec 14, 2017

Announcements and Reminders

The Rotary International dinner for our district is on January 3rd.  It is $90 and is at 6:00 at the Double Tree Inn in San Jose. See Win to sign up. 

UCSC Rotaract students are fundraising for Digital Nest and Jacobs Heart. We are invited to join with them to help raise money for these two causes. They will keep us informed as to time and place.

There will be a memorial for Anne McCallum on December 22nd from at her home on 225 Waughs street.

Thomas John went to the Interact club and reported back on their activities. They are doing a coat drive a food drive and a Christmas gift wrap to raise money.

Michelle reminded us of our major fundraiser which will be at the end of April or beginning of May. Live auction funds will go to community grants for their disbursement. The fundraiser itself will support one organization to be selected.

 

Today the club was thrilled to have the Higher Ground quartet playing to get us into the Christmas spirit.  They played Christmas songs and southern gospel music. See our Facebook link for the live performance!

        

 

 

        

 

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Marine whale sanctuary

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 30, 2017

Announcements and Reminders

Jo announced there is a party on December 10th at 8:00 in Whole Foods Capitola.

Laura and Doug are our Rotarians of the week for getting our grant requests in and accepted!

The Rotary International dinner for our district is on January 3rd.  It is $125 and is at 6:00 at the Double Tree Inn in San Jose. See Win to sign up. 

For board members, remember the board meeting on the 14th.

Keith’s party is on the 10th. Please share a ride if you can.

UCSC Rotaract students are fundraising for Digital Nest and Jacobs Heart. We are invited to join with them to help raise money for these two causes. They will keep us informed as to time and place.

Taylor Brevis from Jimmy Panetta’s office updated us on the news from Washington.

 

         Marine biologist Doris Welch from Sanctuary Cruises was our speaker today. They do whale watching trips on the Monterey Bay. She began her work at Long Marine Lab but left to do sanctuary cruises.

         

        

        

 

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Malawi outreach

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 16, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Aptos and Soquel Interact are doing a beach cleanup on Nov 18th Seascape Beach at 9:15 by the trestle. We are strongly urged to go! In case of rain, people are still planning to go.
Doug announced that Scotts Valley Rotary is putting together a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven (a Johnny Cash tribute band) Friday Dec 1st.
 
Keith reminded us of his annual Christmas party on the first Sunday of December (the 3rd). No need to bring anything but do RSVP to Keith.
 
Whole Foods is having a Holiday by the Sea. Charge is 2.00 and the $$ will go to Second Harvest. It will be Dec 10th at 8-10 PM.
 
Doug announced that our DDF allocation is $2000 RotaCare and $3000 to Leo’s Haven. We need some active Rotary involvement for these funds.
 
Kate announced the Symphony Home Tour. Tickets are $40 each. There is also a launch party for $25. Kate is offering a buy-one-get-one-free-deal on those!
 
We are dark next week! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Paddy Brady was our speaker today. He is from His to Offer (H2O) African outreach. He is 3rd generation Santa Cruz and worked in NASA and the Air Force and Lockheed.
 
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Red Badge Talk

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 04, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Aptos and Soquel Interact are doing a beach cleanup on Nov 18th. We are strongly invited.
 
Doug announced that Scotts Valley Rotary is putting together a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven (a Johnny Cash tribute band) Friday Dec 1st.
 
John Fisher awarded Eric a Paul Harris plus 3 pin today  He also reminded us we all need to make a donation to the rotary foundation! For every $25 we contribute to the foundation, we get a chance at a free trip to Toronto next year.
 
Keith reminded us of his annual Christmas party. First Sunday of December as always. No need to bring anything but do RSVP to Keith.
 
Rotaract is raising money for Digital Nest and Jacob’s Heart. See Al if this is something you would like to help with.
 
Dominican Hospital Foundation has a presidential luncheon on Dec 17th with a silent auction and a gala on the 18th. If interested see Win.
 
Homeless services center needs things done to it. A number of clubs thinking about doing a special project there for a couple of days.. maybe a work project.  More info to come.
 
We had an absent speaker today (unavoidable flat tire!) so Thomasjohn Wells Miller bravely volunteered on the spot to give his very entertaining Red Badge talk today.
 
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Jewel Theatre

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 26, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
The Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape.
Eric reminded us about the joint shoe project with Catalina Rotary where shoes that ‘grow’ go to kids in Mexico. Let Eric know if you’re interested and wish to contribute.
Art reported back from Seattle for World Polio Day. This year only 12 cases of polio in the world remain.The Campaign has prevented 16 million children from being crippled. Pakistan and Afghanistan remain target areas.
Aptos and Soquel Interact are doing a beach cleanup on Nov 18th.We are strongly invited.
Doug announced that Scotts Valley Rotary is putting together a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven (a Johnny Cash tribute band) Friday Dec 1st.
 
The Jewel Theater artistic director Julie James spoke (and sang!) to us today. Founded in 2005 as a non-profit, the theater is located at the River Street Salz Tannery Arts Center. They are now the resident theater company at Colligan Theater where they opened in 2015.  
 
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grow a better earth

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 12, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
 
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
 
John Fisher announced that the Rotary Foundation is 100 yrs old this year. Every Rotarian should make a contribution this year small or large to support our Annual World Polio Plus day.
 
Pam Goodman awarded a basket from the Alzheimer’s Fundraiser to Lynette Cleland.
Eric announced a fundraiser for kids who don’t have shoes from Catalina Island Rotary. The shoes which grow with the child will be delivered to Ensenada in January. If you would like to contribute see Eric. The cost of the shoes is around $13.
 
Win announced a New Zealand tour. See him and he’ll get you the info.
 
Win announced a program called “Not in our Town” at Semper Recital Theater at Cabrillo College Oct 26th at 7:00 to discuss resolving anti-immigration differences in our community.
 
Rob introduced Jessica Ridgeway. In 2007 she received an MS in Environmental and Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. She helped to found Farm Discovery at Live Earth in 2008. They run nine different programs for students throughout the year about growing food, including a summer camp, an immersion program that includes a sleepover and an art camp. The goal is to improve consumption habits.
       
 
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dumping dams

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 05, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Becky Peters reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.  
October 7th at 7:30 am will be the annual second harvest barrel wrap.  Contact Doug Deaver for more information.
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
Club congratulations to Dr. Art Dover (see above) on receiving the major donor level 3 award, the first one in our club from the major gift officer for Zone 26. We also found that our club has contributed over $500,000 to polio plus!
 
Today Amy East, Ph.D. (pictured above) spoke to us talk dam removal. She is with USGS, providing earth science information to the public. Her specialty is in rivers. Entitled Dam and Blast, she spoke about watersheds and restoring rivers by removing dams.  
 
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Americans go camping

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 28, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
The UCSC founder dinner will be this month with J Herman Blake as the honored guest. See Michelle for more info.  
October 7th at 7:30 am will be the annual second harvest barrel wrap. Sign up with Doug.
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
 
Pam Goodman introduced our speaker today. His name is Dan White and he is the author of a book entitled Under the Stars on America’s love affair with camping. Reviewed as the definitive book on camping in America, he also wrote The Cactus Eaters.
 
 
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Tsunamis

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 21, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Rich announced that the beach clean-up went well. Ten people participated and picked up many bags of trash!
Eric is organizing a series of Rotary fund-raising dinners focusing on wild game and needs to have a count by this Friday. Sign up now if you wish to be on the invitation list.
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
Pam Arnsberger announced that Oct 18th  is the Senior Solution Summit. See her if you are interested in addressing senior issues and she will provide you with the registration information. Cost is $20 to cover the cost of lunch.
Our speaker today was Dr. Bruce Jaffe from UCSC. He spoke about near shore hydrodynamics with an emphasis on catastrophic events.  He began by asking us about the highest Tsunami event which was in Alaska in 1958. The most deadly tsunami was in Indonesia where over 220,000 people were killed.  The oldest tsunami that we know of happened 60 million years ago and helped to wipe out the dinosaurs.
 
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'green' burials

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 14, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
The beach clean-up is on this Saturday Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach. Rich will be there is his red Prius to meet you.
Doug Deaver announced that this Friday Sept 15th there will be a flash mob at Rancho del Mar food mall. Go there to support our local businesses! There will be other events around this issue so stay tuned!
There will be a dinner at Aptos Chamber of Commerce honoring Doug Deaver’s election as Man of the Year. The dinner will be Oct 27th and tickets are $85. The event will be at Aptos Seascape. See Pam Goodman to get a ticket.
Our speaker today was Holly Blue Hawkins. She is from the Integral Thanatology Institute and is a counselor who does needs assessments and referrals and focuses on end of life issues. Today she spoke to us about Natural Deathcare Advocacy and ‘green’ burials.
 
 
 
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Autism family network

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 08, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
 
Keith announced there will be cocktails Sept 8th at his house at 4:00.
 
Pam announced there is a lifespan open house at 600 Frederick St. from 11:00 -3:00 also today Friday Sept 8th.
 
Bee announced that she represented our club at the Abbott square opening and met people from different clubs. She said it is a fun place to go!
 
Our speaker today was Gabby Johnson who spoke about the Autism Family Network.  She is the assistant director, but also a teacher and has been a teacher for many years. The AFN began 5 years ago and they offer programs from pre-school to middle school level.
 
 
 
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Siena House Maternal Care 

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 31, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
August 31st
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
Doug announced that Rancho del Mar shop owners have been given 30 days notice to vacate their premises during the new owners planned redecorating phase. This seems to make it unlikely that many of the smaller businesses can liquidate during that period of time and survive the period of redecoration.
We welcomed Thomasjohn Wellsmiller as a new member to our club today. He is an entrepreneur and musician.
 
Our speaker today was Rebecca Hurdis from Siena House Maternity Home of Santa Cruz County, one of the community agencies that our club supports. She has been the executive director  of Siena House for the past three years and before that taught at colleges in the area.Siena House is a residential program supporting and empowering pregnant women. It was founded in 2000 by local caring individuals who in the spirit of God’s love envisioned a safe residential environment for pregnant women in need. 
 
        
        
 
 
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Siena House

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 31, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
August 31st
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
 
Doug announced that Rancho del Mar shop owners have been given 30 days notice to vacate their premises during the new owners planned redecorating phase. This seems to make it unlikely that many of the smaller businesses can liquidate during that period of time and survive the period of redecoration.
 
We welcomed Thomasjohn Wellsmiller as a new member to our club today. He is an entrepreneur and musician.
 
Our speaker today was Rebecca Hurdis from Siena House Maternity Home of Santa Cruz County, one of the community agencies that our club supports. She has been the executive director  of Siena House for the past three years and before that taught at colleges in the area.
 
 
        
        
 
 
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Berlin Airlift

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 24, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
August 24th
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
CASA’s Imagine Event will be Sunday September 10th. We have two $150 tickets available to our members for free! If you wish to go, speak to Michelle.
September 2nd is the Rotary Abbott Square event. It is at 5:30. If you can help set up or take down, please sign up on the sheet.
RotaCare thanked the club for a $3802 donation for last year. Remember those RotaCare buckets!
The Diversity Center fundraiser will be on Oct 21st. If interested see Michelle.
Dr. Art said he will be offering flu vaccines in October.

           Bee introduced our speaker, Gisela Zebroski, an author who survived the Soviet Union invasion into Latvia. Her family fled west to Germany in 1945 where her father was killed in battle and the family fled to Austria.  She emigrated to California with her husband where she graduated from college.  She is the author ofThe Baroness and Mephisto Waltz.
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new teacher Induction

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 17, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Sign up for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 at Beer Can Beach.
Doug announced the Cabrillo Women’s Foundation luncheon will be Friday September 15th.  Tickets are $100 and funds go to an emergency fund to help women students who might otherwise drop out of school.
CASA’s Imagine Event will be Sunday September 10th. We have two $150 tickets available to our members for free! If you wish to go, speak to Michelle.
This Saturday is the Membership event for Rotary in Pleasanton. See Win if you wish to go.
Cindy Balthaser was our speaker today. She has been a teacher for over 40 years. She is the former director of the SC/SVNTP (Santa Cruz/ Silicon Valley New Teacher Project).
   
     
 
        
        
 
 
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A visit from the District Governor

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 10, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
A special welcome to Bill Witmer who is joining our club!
Come on Saturday, September 16th to the Beer Can Beach Clean-up at 9:00.
 
A Rotary membership program will be offered a week from Saturday in Pleasanton. Let Win know if you would like to go.
 
Rotary Avenues of Service is coming up October 5th at the Santa Clara Biltmore at 5:00.
 
Kate reported back from the library meeting. There will be an event where the friends of the library will encourage people to read a selected book and share it with children. She will keep us informed of future events.
Today was our meeting with the district governor, Orrin Mahoney. The area governor, Donna Maurello, also accompanied him. He worked for many years at Hewlett Packard as a mechanical engineer and served on the city council and finally as Mayor of Cupertino. He has a real commitment to international service and has been on many Rotary Service trips.
He spoke about a number of Rotary District 5170 issues and opportunities including international service, membership and fundraising.
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RYLA and new members

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 04, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
August 3rd
 
Next week August 10th is our meeting with the district governor. Board members please come at 10:30. (note: we will be in our regular room)
 
September 16th will be the Beer Can beach clean-up  at 9:00.
 
The Aptos Library asked us about participation  in a program where people to read books and discuss them with kids. To find out more or if you want to participate, you should attend the food and wine reception on Aug 9th  5-7 at the library on Soquel Drive.
 
Two of our RYLA participants, Matt DeCamera and Izzi Pryce, shared with us their RYLA experience (see photo above). They were divided into 6 families with about 30 people to a family.  They participated in workshops including service, band and choir, speech and debate entertainment health and wellness and sports and fitness. Their families put on a performance and planted succulents around the campus. They also worked on a project to help underprivileged women, one about mental health and appreciating themselves. The both stressed that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
 
          Two red badge members, Kyle Sharp and Craig Matthews, also shared their stories with us today.
 
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safe schools

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jul 20, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Our district governor will be here August 10th. There will be an early board meeting that same day at 10:30.
Keith’s house tomorrow (July 21) will be the setting for a cocktail party at 4:00. All are invited! Bring munchies if you wish!
Win announced that there will be a club assembly on the 27th and a possible Facebook training.
Pam Goodman reminded us that the Walk for Alzheimer’s is September 23rd. You can donate here at our club.
Bee introduced our speakers today. They were Rob Darrow, Director of Research and Ron Indra, Executive Director from the Safe Schools Project. Established in 2004, it now reaches out to the 40,000 k-12 students in our local school districts.
 
                         
 
 
 
 
 
 
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childhood nutrition

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jul 13, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Our district governor will be here August 10th. There will be an early board meeting that same day at 10:30.
 
The 4th of July World’s Shortest Parade Capitola Aptos Rotary Beer Booth was very busy. Tim says we netted $4552 (including tips)!
 
Keith announced that a week from tomorrow (July 21st)  at 4:00  PM there will be a happy hour at his house.
 
Pam announced that the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be the third weekend in September. She sent around the sign-up to walk and/or make donations to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 
  
Win announced that there will be a club assembly on the 27th and a possible Facebook training.
 
Karen  Haralsan  from Nourishing Generations spoke to use today about Linking Communities to Reverse the Rising Trend of Childhood Obesity and Diabetes.  She is a certified diabetes educator and  holistic  nutritionist.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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diversity center

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 29, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Our district governor will be here August 10th. Save the date!
Two of our rotary scholarship winners visited us today! One is going to the University of Santa Clara and one is going to UC Berkeley.  Congratulations and best wishes to both of these young women as they move towards the future!
John Fisher reminded us to give checks to him for polio plus in order for them to be matched.
The club awarded a check for $70,000 to Leo's Haven, an accessible park, today. Oliver (center below) said it will help him because his wheelchair won't get stuck on the curb anymore!
 
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Sharon Pappo from the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County was our speaker today. She is a graduate of UCSC and Berkeley. Founded in 1989,the Diversity Center is the hub of the LGBT community here.
 
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UCSC update

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 15, 2017

Announcements and Reminders

Our district governor will be here August 10th. Save the date!

Al’s debunking will be June 22nd at Santa Cruz Yacht Club. (Remember we will be dark next week for the regular meeting!). People should park below the club and walk thru the dry boat storage and take the tram or walk up the stairs. $35 per person and remember to tip the bartender!

John Fisher reminded us to contribute $27.50 per person to the final effort to eradicate polio (Polio Plus).

Rotarian of the week is Art Dover who went to the Atlanta convention. He gave us an update. Rotary is giving 50 million a year for 3 years (and there will be a $300 million donation match from the Gates Foundation) to eradicate polio forever. Another topic was the campaign to end human trafficking. He said it was an amazing experience!

Today our speaker was Howard Heevner Asst Vice Chancellor of Alumni Engagement and Advancement Services from UCSC. He spoke about the work of UCSC in the community including efforts such as Partners in Arts and Culture with over 100 public events including the acclaimed Dickens Project. Another popular item is the Grateful Dead Archive at the UCSC library.

 

 

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funding the mission

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 08, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotarians of the week were all those who helped out with the music festival. We collected $1273 and $887 in tips (plus $5000) for a total net profit of $6,800.
John Fisher mentioned the district wants each member to donate $30 to Polio Plus again in June and it will be matched as before.
Al’s debunking will be June 22nd. Send Kelly an email if you plan to go.  It is at Santa Cruz Yacht Club.
We received some lovely thank you notes from the recipients of our community awards.
Art said available international projects for Rotary members include two water projects (in Guatemala and Uganda) and also one in Brazil (connecting high school students with local rivers) . Let him know if you are interested in any of these!
Sign up for the Fourth of July celebration to help out at the Rotary beer and wine booth at Aptos Park.  Tim and Kyle will be assigning time slots. The event goes from 10-5 so your participation would be during that time period.
 
Melissa Rempfer was our speaker today. She spoke on the topic.  “Lead with the vision and the money will follow”. She has created two very successful businesses helping non-profits and others raise money for their work.
 
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e-bikes

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 01, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
The honorary Rotarian of the week is Kathy our much put upon waitress! Thanks Kathy for all your service to the club!
A special guest today was our scholarship recipient from Soquel High Ellie Gressley. She is going to study life sciences at UCLA.
Al reported made about $2000 in tips at the music festival and around $7000 total. We will have a fuller report next week.
Al’s second debunking is June 22nd.
Sunrise Rotary has a run on July 4th at Harvey west park.  For more information see www.firecracker10k.org. 100% of the race proceeds will go to Teen Kitchen Project and American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross will also have a “Celebrate our Community Heroes” event on Friday June 16th at 8:30 AM at Twin Lakes Church.
 
 
Mike Ahern, our featured speaker, was here today to talk about electric bicycles (E bikes). He owns Current E bikes which is a local source for quality electric bicycles and Brompton folding bikes. It is located right by Kaiser arena on Front Street.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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community grants awarded

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 11, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Bee Peters received her blue badge today after being the longest red badge member in the history of the club.
Dr. Art said the Rise Against Hunger event last Sunday went well.  180 people participated and the food will go to Cambodia. 30,024 bags were filled.
Doug has the sign-up sheet for the American Music Festival. We still can use volunteers for May 27th and May 28th.
Michelle announced that net proceeds from our fundraiser last week, including the county match, should exceed $100,000.
Sunrise Rotary has a run on July 4th at Harvey west park.  For more information see www.firecracker10k.org. 100% of the race proceeds will go to Teen Kitchen Project and American Red Cross.
 
Today community agencies received grants from Capitola Aptos Rotary.  Claire and Sue made the presentations. These included  Cabrillo Engineering Abroad ($500), CASA ($2000), Digital Nest ($2000), For Kids Foundation ($1000),  Helping Hands ($500),  Homeless Services Center ($1500), Kid Power, ($500), Learn to Discover ($1000), Literacy Program( $500), Music in May ($500), Meals on Wheels ($500), O’Neill sea Odyssey ($500), Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes ($1000), St Francis/JMJ home ($500), Safe School Project ($1000), Second Saturday Network ($500), Seymour Marine Center ($1000), Sienna House Maternity Home ($1000), Symphony League of SC ($1000).
 
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Copy of Kaiser comes to Santa Cruz

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 04, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Tomorrow, May 5th, is our annual fundraiser. Tickets are still available at $150. County Parks and Recreation will match the amount we raise, including donations at the silent auction, so come and bid! Dinner will be served at 6:45.
 
The postponed Stop Hunger Now barrel wrapping event will be this Sunday morning May 7th at the Boardwalk. Check with Doug Deaver for time and exact location.
 
We still need volunteers for the American Music Festival on May 27th and May 28th. You must be prepared to stay all day. Talk with Doug Deaver or Sandra to let them know if you are available.
 
Claire announced our community service award grantees. Among them were Cabrillo Engineering Abroad, CASA, Digital Nest, Helping Hands, Kid Power, Learn to Discover, Meals on Wheels, Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes, The Symphony League of Santa Cruz and many more. Next week will be the awards luncheon. Come and meet the recipients!
 
 
 
Darryl Perkins (pictured below) spoke to us today about the move of Kaiser Permanente into Santa Cruz County. There are three new locations: Scotts Valley, downtown Santa Cruz, and Main Street in Watsonville
 
 
 
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water planning

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Apr 20, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotarian of the week was Al because it is his birthday!
Michelle reminded us of our major fundraiser on Friday May 5th to benefit Leo’s Haven. We have 78 people signed up to attend. We have 7 live auctions items but could use one more. We have between 15 and 20 silent auction items but keep those coming in. Major donors can still be welcomed for one more week.
District conference annual meeting is May 6th. Saturday night is a dinner at $50 per person. See Doug Deaver to sign up.
May 7th is Stop Hunger Now at the Boardwalk. Volunteer with Doug from 10:00 am to noon.
The Music Festival will be Saturday May 27th  and Sunday May 28th . We need volunteers for the 28th especially. You must be there from 9:00 to 5:00.
Saturday April 29th at Harbor High will be a presentation of the inventions that  the students created. Our club donated $158 to this effort so it might be nice to see what our students accomplished.
Their first silent auction and dinner will be held by Rotaract  on April 29th at 5:00 at Peace United Church on High Street. It will benefit Jacob’s Heart and Feed the Children.
 
Representatives of the Soquel Creek Water District spoke to us today. They spoke about replenishing mid county groundwater and the community water plan.
 
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a fresh start

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Apr 06, 2017
Announcements and reminders
 
We were reminded that the beach clean-up is this Saturday April 8th at 9:00 AM at beer can beach.
Sandra reminded us of the music festival on memorial day weekend. We need volunteers on Saturday May 27th and Sunday May 28th. You must work all day.
Kendra announced that there is a signup sheet for the major fundraiser on May 5th. We are in desperate need of silent auction items.  They  should be worth at least $30 - $50  in value.
Doug announced that they are looking for a fourth on for the Dominican  benefit golf game on Friday June 16th.  He also reminded us that the District conference is Saturday May 6th. If you would like to go or be part of a table just for the dinner portion see Doug for details.
Pam Goodman reminded us to bring 2 bottles of wine for the auction on May 5th.  Pam also reminded us that we will not meet here on April 27th, but will be going to Aptos High. Bee will take sign-ups for a sandwich lunch. They will plan some events and we will take a tour.
 
 
   
 
 
 
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affordable housing for seniors

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 30, 2017
Announcements and reminders
 
Doug announced that the Stop Hunger Now event is changed to Sunday May 7thth (during the district conference) at New Brighton Middle School
We need volunteers for the American Music Festival May 27th and 28th. If you wish to volunteer see Sandra.
There is a town hall meeting Saturday at New Brighton Middle School. More than 1200 people are expected. Both our representatives will be there along with John Laird and Zach Friend.
May 5th is our major fundraiser. Sign up to go at a meeting. Tickets are $150 ($100 per ticket is tax deductible). Check should be payable to the Foundation. Michelle is still looking for major sponsors, silent auction items  and wine for the wine wagon/wheelbarrow.
District assembly is on April 13th at 5:00 (but we leave at 3:30). We have room for two more people in the limo. See Win if you wish to go.
Today our speaker was Mark Trabing from Habitat for Humanity. He is a local person who has a Masters Degree in community development from UC Davis and served in the Peace Corps in Jamaica.
Habitat is active in 70 countries. Locally Santa Cruz and Monterey Habitat have recently merged. They build two houses a year on average.  They have two stores in Seaside and Santa Cruz where they sell lightly used items. We are the first Habitat to build affordable accessory dwelling units (ADUS).
 
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one health

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 23, 2017
Announcements and reminders
Our annual fundraiser dinner will be May 5th from 5:30 to 9:00 PM. We will be roasting Zach Friend. Tickets are $150. We need silent auction items.
 
A new member was inducted today. Constantin Gehriger received a blue badge as a ‘permanent guest’ of the club.
Rotarian of the week was Tim Powell for his distribution of our elementary school books.
 
Win reinstated the past presidents meeting. It will meet next Thursday at 1:30 after the meeting. Foundation meeting is before next week’s meeting at 11:00.
 
Please sign up to volunteer for the music festival on May 27th and May 28th. You must work all day from 9:00 AM until closing. It is also possible to help with set-up on Friday. See Sandra for more information.
 
Pam Goodman announced that on April 27th we will not meet here but will have a tour at Aptos High School.
 
Sign up for beach cleanup at Beer Can beach at 9:00 AM on April 8th (a Saturday morning).
 
John Fisher reminded us to make our $30 donation for Polio Plus.
 
Sloane introduced Dr. Merrianne Burtch from Birchbark Foundation. She has practiced veterinary medicine in this area for more than 20 years. She spoke about the need for comprehensive affordable pet care and the importance of animals in research.
 
  
 
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100 year lifestyle

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 09, 2017
 
Announcements and reminders
Richard announced beach cleanup will be April 8th at beer can beach. He will send around a sign up next week.
 
Area speech contest will be next week. We will be in the big room. We are expecting six contestants.
 
Michele announced sponsorship levels for the fundraiser. They begin at $2500 down to $500.
 
Al announced that Stop Hunger Now was rescheduled and will be April 29th still at New Brighton middle school.
 
District assembly will be April 13th from 5-9.
 
Doug announced homeless shelter soup supper is Thursday April 20th 5:30 to 7:30. If there is enough interest we will buy a table.
 
District conference will be May 6th in Santa Cruz (the day after our fundraiser!). We will talk later about whether or not we want to do a table.
Larry introduced our speaker today, Dr. Goldi Jacques Maynes, a chiropractor who focuses on wellness. Her clinic offers massage and acupuncture as well as chiropractic care. She is a local person who grew up here in Aptos.
 
 
 
 
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storm damage repairs

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 02, 2017
Announcements and reminders
 
Michelle reminded us of the need for silent auction items for our annual fundraiser for Leo’s Haven. The roast of supervisor Zach Friend will be on May 5th at the clubhouse. Sponsorships are also needed as well as bottles of wine for the wine cart. 
 
Doug reminded us that the area speech contest will be March 16th. Winners of the club speech contests will compete in the large room. If you signed up to volunteer remember to come a bit early that day. The contest will begin promptly at 12:15.
 
John Fisher gave Kelly the Rotary International District 5170 award as Grand Donor for the Rotary Foundation. He also said a new program has been started. During the month of March our district is asking every Rotarian to write a check for $30 to the foundation for Polio Plus. The Bill Gates foundation will match our area’s contributions.
 
Our speaker today was John Presleigh, Director of the county's Department of Public Works (see photo). He spoke to us about the recovery effort and road damage from the recent storms.
 
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speech contest

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 23, 2017
 
Today was the annual high school speech contest at Capitola  Aptos Rotary.  Four students from area high schools competed anonymously speaking on a topic of their choice (see photo below).
 
Contestants were judged on presentation, style and content, as well as their ability to hold their audience, while  incorporating Rotary values into their topic. The top ranked speaker was Annie Nigh. She spoke about the need for clean water around the world, winning a $200 scholarship. Second and third place winners won $100 and $50 scholarships respectively.
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CA Earthquake Authority

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 17, 2017
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Tiffany Zachmeier of Bay Federal announced the bite of reality event a free hands on financial literacy simulation for HS seniors. It will be Friday Feb 24th 8:45-12:00 at Aptos high school. Volunteers are needed. You can contact Tiffany at 831-477-8414.
 
Rotarian of the Week who donated the bench at the polo grounds was Dr. Art Dover!
 
Michelle reminded us that our major fundraiser is May 5th. We are collecting silent and live auction items and we need a bottle of wine from everybody. Michelle will send us the form to use to recruit donors.
 
John Fisher announced that Bill is a Major Giver of the Rotary Foundation.
 
Doug announced that the club speech contest is next week Feb 23rd. We have 9-10 contestants so the meeting will start right at 12:00.
 
 Stop Hunger Now food packaging event will be on Sat Feb 25 at 8:00 – 8:45 at New Brighton middle school.
Tim introduced our speaker today, Glenn Pomeroy from the CA Earthquake Authority a publicly managed but privately funded entity.
 
 
 
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conflict and opportunity

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 09, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Bonny and Connie as well as 4 others members of Rotoract  from UCSC attended our meeting today (see photos). They want to have members of our club mentor a college student. If interested please let them know.  They are also asking Rotarians to give them a job and we pay them $10 an hour and the money goes to Rotoract.  They will have their first fundraiser on April 29th, a silent auction with entertainment … they need donated items to auction off. If you have anything let them know!
Feb 23rd and Mar 16th will be our club and area speech contests.
Our major fundraiser is May 5th. Please let Michelle know if you have silent auction items or access to a vacation home or other exciting things. The committee meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 11:15.
On Feb 25th is the Stop Hunger distribution at New Brighton Middle School (across the street from St. Joseph’s)  at 8:30 in the morning.
 
 
 
 
Craig introduced our speaker today, Armando Alcaraz, of his own consulting firm. He brings 10 years of experience to his chosen field of transformational leadership and communication. He is also a musician and songwriter!  Today he spoke to us about the ‘magical opportunity of conflict.’
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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CASA

Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Feb 02, 2017
Announcements and reminders
Santa Cruz Sunrise will have a winetasting live music and art auction event to turn wine to water for Africa on Feb 11th at the Tannery District conference on May 6th and 7th.
Major fundraiser is May 5th. We need live and silent auction items! Tickets will be $150 apiece or you can buy a table for $1400.
Tim reported on the book distribution. All five schools in the service area will be given Picture Me Reading books for the students.
Speech contest is Feb 23rd. Doug reminded us it will be a longer than usual meeting and you may wish to come 15 minutes early. If you signed up to volunteer remember to come! Doug will send out e-mail reminders.
Stop Hunger Now will be Saturday Feb 25th at New Brighton Middle School for a barrel wrap.
February 22nd will be the Aptos Soquel Capitola Chamber event here at the golf club from 4:00 – 7:00.
Monte Vista school needs judges for a poster contest February 24th. Let Doug know if you are interested. 
John reported we have given $32,450 for the Rotary Foundation this year.
 
 
 
Doug introduced Mary Kashmar, our speaker today, from CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). It empowers volunteers to directly influence the lives of children in foster care by being a special advocate. They inform the courts and others as to what the child needs and what is in his/her best interests.
 
 
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aptos village development

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 26, 2017
January 26, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Win said the Rotarians of the week were Bee and Pam for all their wonderful programs.
Sandra reminded us about RYLA for sophomores and juniors in high school. She has applications with her at the meetings.
Doug asked us to sign-up to help with the speech contest(s). Club contest is on Feb 23rd and March 16th is the area contest. We will probably start closer to noon those days.
Sign up for Stop Hunger Now to stuff barrels. It will be on Sat 25th of February at New Brighton middle school. Interacters and other rotary clubs will also be involved.
Michelle reminded us the major fundraiser is May 5th. It is a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven. Live and silent auction items are needed.
She also reminded us about the Meals on Wheels Fundraiser. It will be Friday February 3rd  and tickets are $60. If there is enough interest we will do a rotary table.
Our speaker today was Mary Gourlay. She spoke to us about the new development that is coming to Aptos Village in the next year. She has a master’s degree from Harvard and is a Swenson development manager who has worked in the field of community planning for the past 20 years.
 
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Islamic Fundamentalism

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 18, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Scott Turnbull spoke to us about the being the new Superintendent of Schools at the Soquel school district.  He has been in education for 27 years. He comes to us from the Santa Barbara area. He spoke about the passing of Measure C and how they will now be able to replace the portable classrooms. They are actively recruiting for the citizen’s oversight committee. Sandra will have the paperwork for anyone interested.
 
Michelle announced Feb 3rd is a luncheon for Meals on Wheels at 11:30 at Chaminade. Called Food From the Heart, Mark Stone will be the speaker. Tickets are $60. She also announced that Sat March 4th is the crab feed fundraiser for the fair grounds. Tickets for this are also $60.
 
Friday May 5th is our fundraiser for Leo’s Haven. It is a roast of Zach Friend. The committee meets the first and third Thursdays before our regular meeting. Silent and live auction items needed as well as bottles of wine.
 
Rotary night at the warriors is $25. Al has tickets. Deadline is next Thursday.
 
Sandra will be putting out application soon for RYLA. Sophomore and juniors are welcome to apply. Sandra will have the applications.
 
Doug Deaver reminded us of the speech contest. He also announced the Stop Hunger Now package wrapping will be on Sat Feb 25th 8:00 to 11:30.
 
 
Dr. Art introduced our speaker, Robert Strayer, who is a professor of world history. He has written a number of textbooks and is teaching at local colleges and writing another textbook. He spoke to us today about Islamic fundamentalism.
 
 
 
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comedy improv

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 11, 2017
 
Announcements and Reminders
Rotary Night at the Warriors will be February 3rd at 7:00. They are playing the Iowa Energy. Al has twenty tickets at $25 each if you wish to go. You’ll get a tee shirt with your ticket!
Michelle has Rotary shirts for us women! Give her your size or she will assign one. Also fundraiser meetings will be held 1st and 3rd Thursday right before the regular meeting. Start looking for silent and live auction items!
Doug said the club speech contest will be February 23rd and March 16th will be the areawide competition. We will be hosting both of them here.
We will be putting together a Stop Hunger Now event at New Brighton middle school on Saturday February 25th . It will be similar to the barrel wrap that we do. Sign up with Doug Deaver.
Al announced that the Rotary Foundation International has given away $3 billion since its inception!!
May 7th will be our area meeting at the Boardwalk.
After several serious meetings today was all about fun. Jaqueline Kabat (pictured above with Bee Peters) was with us today. She is a comedian who teaches improvisation, works with corporations to do team building and also taught at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.
 
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global rule of law

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 06, 2017
Announcements and reminders
 
A visiting Rotarian from the Santa Cruz  Sunrise  club announced that they now meet at the Back Nine on Tuesday at 7:15.am
 
May 26th is our major fundraiser. The planning committee will meet on the first and third Thursdays before the regular meeting. Come and join in!
 
Keith reported back on the International Rotary dinner where they spoke about the foundation and the convention in Atlanta.
 
Doug announced that we ran an ad in the Aptos Times congratulating them on their 25th anniversary.
 
Doug also announced The speech contest  will be Feb 23rd and the area contest will follow. Sign-ups next week.
 
We received a nice Christmas card from a student we support at the school of St. Jude.
 
Dr. Art says flu vaccine is ‘right on target’  this year and you can receive shots from him.
 
 
Dr Laina Fambrat Holtzman was our speaker today. She spoke on  the topic ‘Is there a global rule of law? And who is enforcing it?’
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happy holidays

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Dec 16, 2016
 
Today we enjoyed Christmas music from the Higher Ground...
and said good by to one of our oldest and best loved  members, Chuck Witt as he moves to Southern California to be with family.
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Capitola Aptos Rotary!
 
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future of primary care

Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Dec 07, 2016
 
Announcements and reminders
Rotarian of the week is Al for not being at this meeting
February 3RD is Rotary Night at the Warriors. See Al for tickets.
Speech contest is February 23rdiI
On Jan 3rd the International Rotary president will speak at the Doubletree Inn. We plan to get a limo to go over.  It will leave at 5:00 or so.
Tim said the check has been delivered for the stop signs we donated to the Rio del Mar Parents Alliance.
Red badge requirement been reviewed (going from red to blue). New requirments are available from Al.
Keith announced that his Christmas party was a great success. He thanked Sheri de Cameron and Michelle Bagley and Art Dover for their help.
Brenda said we are going to have an ad in the Aptos Times with congratulations to them for 25 years.
 
Primary care provider Dr. Motyka spoke to us about the future of primary care. She is a family practice physician and a licensed acupuncturist.  She has staff privileges at Dominican
She spoke about the bewildering array of challenges right now in primary care.  
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consumer protection

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 30, 2016
Rotary meeting
Announcements and Reminders
Al announced Rotarian of the week is Michelle Bassey for her service to the community.
International Rotary President John Germ will be at Double Tree Inn Feb 3rd
Club speech contest will be here the 23rd of February. The date for the area contest will be announced later.
December 15th will be carol singing with Sam and his band.   
Tim was awarded the Paul Harris fellow 2nd level pin for his contributions to the foundation.
John announced that the club donated over $7000 this year to the Rotary Foundation and an additional amount to Polio Plus.
Keith’s Christmas party is this Sunday December 4th at 4:00. Come all and wish each other a Merry Christmas!
There is a Watsonville Band concert on Dec 11th at the Mello center at 2:00 PM free!
Today our speakers were from the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office Consumer Fraud Division. They spoke to us about current scams in our area and how to protect ourselves.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cuba

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 16, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Feb 3rd is Rotary night at the Warriors. More information later.
RYLA will be June 24th thru the 30th;
We are dark next week (Nov 24th) as well as December 22nd and 29th.
Stan’s memorial service is Dec 2nd 1:00 PM at Watsonville Buddhist Temple.
John Fisher reminded us of our Foundation giving, due by the end of this November.
In memory of Veterans Day our many Veteran’s (12 in total) shared their experiences in the service, including which war they served in and where they served.
Today our own Claire McAdams and her husband, Rich, shared the story of their trip to Cuba.  It was part of an exciting tour they took last spring. It was a face to face program where you really get to meet some of the people. They went to schools and senior homes, cathedrals, community centers and art studios. Claire said it was difficult to get in, but there was already a contract with Alabama rice farmers, so things will be changing.
 
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State Parks

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 09, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Several Rotaract members from Santa Cruz County attended today’s meeting including their president, secretary and committee chairs. They spoke to us the Big West conference that our club helped to fund.
A roast for Zach Friend will be the major fund raiser for this year. The beneficiary will be the Chanticleer St. accessible county park for children and others with disabilities (Leo’s Haven)
Doug Deaver is the organizer for the speech contest which will be held on Feb 23rd.
We will be dark on the 22nd and the 29th of December.
Tim gave a ‘thank you’ to all of our veterans. Veteran’s Day is tomorrow!
Happy Birthday to John Fisher who will be 94 on Saturday!
 
Our speaker today was Bonnie Hawly who spoke about the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. It is the 40th anniversary of the state park system. In our area in Aptos we have Nisene Marks, New Brighton and Sea Cliff State Parks. In addition The Santa Cruz Mission (Holy Cross) is a State Historic Park as well as the Castro Adobe.
 
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Leo's Haven

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 02, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarian of the week is Keith.
Kate announced it’s time for the home tour for the symphony . She has tickets for $40 each.
John Fisher announced that Foundation month is here! Make donations to him. Prizes will be available!
There is an InterAct beach cleanup is this Saturday November 5th at Trestle Beach. InterAct will be doing a barbecue afterwards.
Doug announced that if you know a junior in high school that might be interested in being a an entrepreneur  let him  know and he’ll give you an application for the Roatary sponsored competition.
 
Tricia Potts was our speaker today. She founded the Santa Cruz Playground project.  It is  a volunteer organization working in a public private partnership with the county. It will be at Chanticleer Park and will be our county’s first inclusive playground.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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guide dogs

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 26, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
 
Al was the Rotarian of the week for organizing a very successful Avenue of Service trip on Oct 22nd.
Michelle announced that Digital Nest is having its 2nd birthday on Sunday, November 13th.
John Fisher announced that 19 of our members contributed $ 4,100 for annual giving to the Rotary Foundation  and $15,000 for Polio Plus. November is the month to contribute!
Aptos Interact club is doing a beach clean-up at Trestle beach at 9:00 AM this Saturday.
Keith said pick up your invitation to the Christmas party. It is on December 4th at Keith’s house at 4:00. Everything is provided! Please come and bring your singing voice!
Jan Hadjuk led us in an informal memorial to Stan, her husband, who passed away two weeks ago. He was a faithful Rotary member, serving in many capacities throughout his adult life. She thanked specifically Dennis, his true blue friend, as well as Sandy, Pam Goodman, Bee, Doug and especially Al.
 
 
Today the club heard from the Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raisers (see photo). Guide Dogs was set up after WWII for veterans. Today they serve anyone with a visual impairment. Services are provided free of charge and owners are given support the whole time they are teamed with the dog. 
The dogs are born in San Rafael .They are purposely bred there; Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and mixes of these two breeds. They then go into the home of a volunteer puppy raiser to develop socialization skills, learn to focus and work on self-control. They begin to serve at 15 to 20 months of age. They should by then be able to follow instructions and be mature.
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Water Warriors

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 19, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
John Fisher reminded us of Foundation giving next month.
 
Sandra read us a thank you note from our Soquel High Interact club for our support for the RYLA  fall leadership conference.
 
Dr. Art will have senior flu vaccines next week.
 
Keith announced our Christmas party will be December 4th at 4:00. Let him know if you are coming!
 
Our scholarship recipient from UCSC thanked us for our support. He is a cancer researcher at the molecular level. Later in the year he will make a presentation to the club on his research.
Jim Zenner and Jim Weisenstein, both past presidents from Santa Cruz Rotary, spoke to us today about the Water Warriors project whose motto is Service Explore Connect. It is a program to promote water, education and peace. Jim Zenner said his niece introduced him to John Kaufman who runs H2Open doors within Rotary International.   This is a service and cultural exchange program that offers  ‘volontourism’ trips especially created by Helping Hands USA for H2Open Doors, for members of Rotary and friends and family.
 
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Digital Nest

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 12, 2016
The club was dark today as we went off an a planned field trip to Digital Nest at 318B Union Street in Watsonville (on the south county Cabrillo College campus).  
The Nest is only a few years old and moved to its new setting less than a year ago, tripling the size of its facility (which is the old post office in Watsonville complete with preserved customer service windows!). Their focus is work force development and already six of their members have gone on to jobs in the tech field. Others have gone on to college.
Members aged from 12 to 24 can focus on web site development, graphics, digital music and video production.Instructors come from all over, some paid staff, others offering their volunteer time.  Local businesses are beginning to look to them for skilled labor and they are also beginning to establish a price structure for future contracts.
Members attend for free and can use (and even check out) the laptops to work on their projects. Through relationships with Second Harvest and local chefs, they even offer their members free food. They are open nearly every day of the year.
As we were finishing the tour, one of the students offered his opinion that Digital Nest was the ‘coolest place’ to hang out and learn.  
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Tanzania Project

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 28, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
 
Today’s Rotarian of the Week was Laura  who got a $5000 grant for RotaCare from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Congratulations to her and the rest of the RotaCare team!
 
Saturday Oct 1st between 8 and 8:30 is the annual holiday barrel wrap at the food bank benefitting Second Harvest.
Avenue of Service is Oct 22nd. Board members are encouraged to attend.
 
Oct 13th we are meeting at Digital Nest on Union Street in Watsonville. Sign up for your lunch choice if you are planning to come.
 
Dr. Susan Hughmanick and her team spoke today about Karimu (meaning generous or willing in Swahili) established in 2008 to renovate the Ufani Primary School in a subsistence farming village in Tanzania There is now not only a a new toilet with sinks but a new school with 350 students. They became a nonprofit in 2008. Since then Karimu has grown to offer many other services to meet local needs.
           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Climate change

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 21, 2016
Sept 22nd
Announcements and Reminders
The Second Harvest Barrel wrap is on Sat Oct 1st 7:30 at the Food Bank.
 
Sandra announced that Soquel Interact has 35 kids in the club.  She may come back to the club and ask for some financial help to get the kids to the Fall Leadership Conference in San Jose.
 
Santa Cruz Office of Education has the S4C forum here at 5:30 Monday night.  All of the Districts and Cabrillo are working together to improve math /science education.
 
Al mentioned that an art auction fundraiser needs a contact person. Laura agreed to be that person.
 
Oct 13th we will be meeting at Digital Nest in Watsonville on Main St.
 
Bee announced that Bob Curtis donated his lottery winnings to the Elkhorn Slough and that they will be used to help low income children be transported to the Slough educational programs.
 
 
Pam Goodman introduced Dr. Strayer who is a history professor but spoke to us about climate change with a particular focus on a proposal for addressing this issue.
 
 
 
 
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Elkhorn Slough

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 15, 2016
September 15, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Rachel Ann Goodman spoke to us about a new community radio station to replace KUSP which went bankrupt.  The new station would have public service as its core.  The current effort is to get the license and transmitters for our community before they are bought by an outside company. For more information or to make a financial contribution contact Rachel@well.com  or 831 call 419-9047.
Doug Deaver was Rotarian of the week.
Win shared info from a membership meeting in Milpedes. We need to reconfigure our club to look like the community it serves (blend of age gender and ethnicity) and consider creating interest groups.
Doug announced Second Harvest Barrel Wrap is Saturday Oct 1st.  It starts at 7:30 AM.
Dr. Art is offering flu shots today and in two weeks.
This Saturday will be Beach Clean-up at Sumner and Dolphin at 9:00. Look for a red Prius with tailgate up. Gloves,bags and tally sheets will be there.
 
Our speaker today was Virginia Goulin, a coastal and marine scientist. She is a UCSC graduate and then went to San Jose State. She came to speak to us about Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve which is owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. They work with two partners: The Elkhorn Slough Foundation, whose mission is to conserve and interpret the national resources at the reserve (they are also a land trust) and  NOAA, which  is the federal partner. Elkhorn is one of their 28 reserves.
Elkhorn Slough Pamela Arnsberger 2016-09-16 00:00:00Z 0

Sleep and wellness

Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Sep 07, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarian of the week was Pam Goodman.
Dr. Art will begin to offer flu shots next week.
John Fisher passed out pledge cards for the foundation. They need to be in by November 3rd.
Pam Goodman announced that there are baskets to raffle for the benefit of the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk which will be on September 24th.
Rich announced beach clean-up will be September 17th at Beer Can Beach. Meet there at 9:00.
 
      Dr. Aaron Morse, Medical Director of Sleep Health MD, was our speaker today. He spoke on Sleep and Wellness. He has been in Santa Cruz since 1981, practicing pulmonary and critical care medicine. He began by stressing that sleep is a detoxifying process that purges us of neurochemicals that build up during  the day.
Sleep duration recommendations  go down over time. Adults need 7-9 hrs and the elderly may need a bit less. The risks of insufficient sleep are major. It doubles the risk for breast cancer and heart disease. In addition, weight gain and obesity are both correlated with less sleep. It is also a mortality risk. An increase in one hr of sleep per day is associated with a 14 lb weight loss per year. Sleep deprivation is of concern because we are all getting on average an hour less sleep than we were around 50 yrs ago (in the 70’s).
 
 
    
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County Fair

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 31, 2016
September 1, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
This week’s Rotarian of the Week is Michele Bassi nominated for woman of the year by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce.
We are looking for a 2019-2020 District Governor.
A fund development training will be held in Los Gatos September 24th 8:30-12:00.
Michelle announced that a luncheon is coming up for the scholarship program for emergency grants to benefit  the Cabrillo College Foundation WES Women Education Success program. It is $100 a ticket for the luncheon which will be held Friday September 30th at the Cabrillo College Horticultural Center.
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         Kendra Cleary introduced our speaker Lynne Grossi who spoke about the upcoming attractions at the Santa Cruz County Fair. This year the fair is September 14-18th.